Placemaking to increase productivity should be 'at the heart of a revised National Planning Policy Framework'

Placemaking to increase productivity should be 'at the heart of a revised National Planning Policy Framework'

Juliana O'Rourke

New research from the cross-party All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Building Communities has demonstrated the link between place, planning and increased productivity, and calls for placemaking to be at the heart of a revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) to help close the productivity gap. The cross-party... continue

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24 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

Councils ask: 'Do we still need a CAZ?'

Sheffield, Leeds and Bristol city councils are all reviewing whether they still need to implement a clean air zone (CAZ) to comply with legal limits on nitrogen dioxide concentrations.  The councils say Covid-19 has fundamentally altered travel patterns, raising questions about whether a... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

Inspector backs S Oxon’s car-based housing plan

Thousands of new homes could be built in an isolated, car dependent location in south Oxfordshire after a planning inspector indicated he was minded to approve the proposal.  Jonathan Bore has backed a plan to build homes on Chalgrove Airfield in his preliminary conclusions on South... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

Oxford consults on lower NO2 limit

Oxford City Council claims to be the first council to propose a citywide target for nitrogen dioxide concentrations lower than the national objective. The national air quality strategy sets an objective for the annual mean of nitrogen dioxide to be below 40μg/m3. Oxford’s new draft air... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

Skates presses DfT to back S Wales rail plan

Welsh transport minister Ken Skates has urged the DfT to support plans to enhance rail capacity on the south Wales main line between Cardiff and the Severn Tunnel.  Skates has welcomed the emerging conclusions of the South East Wales transport commission chaired by Lord Burns.  It... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

Hauliers welcome rethinks

News that Bristol, Sheffield and Leeds city councils are all reviewing the need for clean air zones has been welcomed by the Road Haulage Association.  Chris Ashley, its head of policy on the environment and regulation, said: “We have consistently said that CAZ policy needs reviewing and... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

Sheffield reviews need for its CAZ

Sheffield City Council is reviewing whether its proposed city centre clean air zone is still necessary.Sheffield consulted last summer on a proposed Class C CAZ for the city centre (LTT 05 Jul 19).  The council said this week: “Our current direction from Government to implement a clean... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News
Climate Assembly majors on tech to cut transport emissions

Climate Assembly majors on tech to cut transport emissions

Technological solutions to reducing transport sector carbon dioxide emissions have been endorsed ahead of policies to cut travel demand by the citizens’ assembly set up to advise on how the UK can achieve its 2050 statutory... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News
Increase VED on SUVs, climate committee tells the Chancellor

Increase VED on SUVs, climate committee tells the Chancellor

The Committee on Climate Change has urged the Government to increase vehicle excise duty (VED) on the largest cars.  The Treasury launched a consultation this spring on reforming VED to encourage the take-up of zero and ultra-low... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News
21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

2022 target for Scotland’s LEZs

Transport Scotland envisages implementing low emission zones in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee between February and May 2022. The LEZs had been scheduled for implementation by the end of this year but were delayed by Covid-19. Restrictions will initially apply only to buses but will be extended to... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

Covid disrupts Scots projects review

Transport Scotland has revised arrangements for its second strategic transport projects review (STPR) because of Covid-19. The STPR is being split into two phases. Phase one will report to the original timescale and focus on recommendations to ‘lock-in’ the “positive”... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

Virtual exhibitions for road schemes

Transport Scotland is seeking views on proposals for continued  public engagement on trunk road improvement schemes while Covid-19 social distancing restrictions make physical exhibitions impractical. It has launched a ‘future public engagement virtual exhibition’ and is seeking... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

Fresh twist to Herts rail freight depot saga

The saga of a proposed strategic rail freight interchange (SRFI) near St Albans in Hertfordshire may not yet be over after planning inspectors rejected the local council’s efforts to end the dispute.  St Albans City & District Council has fought a long campaign against the plan to... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

PM2.5 the target for Air Quality Grants

The Government has invited local authorities in England to bid for a portion of a £2m Air Quality Grant. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs says it will particularly welcome bids for projects to reduce PM2.5. Since it was established, the Air Quality Grant scheme has... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News
21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

Council reduces parking for new homes

Fewer parking spaces will be permitted in new developments by the new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole council.  Consultation is underway on a draft parking standards supplementary planning document to replace the policies of the three councils that covered the area until April – the... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News
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£2bn payments for Silvertown Tunnel?

£2bn payments for Silvertown Tunnel?

Transport for London may end up paying almost £2bn to the consortium building the Silvertown road tunnel under the River Thames in East... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

Star rating safety indicators urged for Major Road Network

Safety performance indicators should be developed for England’s major road network (MRN), which comprises the most important local authority roads, says a report.     The recommendation features in the Road Safety Foundation’s 20th annual report on the safety performance of... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

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