Policy I3: Sustainable transport for new developments

We will expect that new developments will contribute to the delivery of an integrated, accessible and safe transport system, balanced in favour of sustainable transport modes, to facilitate sustainable
development.

We will expect new development to:

  • provide high-quality, safe and direct routes within permeable layouts that strengthen, facilitate and encourage short distance trips by walking and cycling
  • provide secure, accessible and convenient cycle parking
  • protect, enhance and improve existing cycle and walking routes, to ensure the effectiveness and amenity of these routes
  • secure appropriate improvements to public and community transport, including infrastructure and park and ride requirements
  • provide off-street vehicle parking for both residential and non-residential developments at a level which reduces the likelihood of overspill parking on the public highway where there is a clear and compelling justification that it is necessary to manage the Local Road Network
  • within areas of on-street parking stress, as identified by the Vehicle Parking Supplementary Planning Document, planning permission for residential developments resulting in a net increase in housing will be subject to a planning obligation to require that future occupants will not be eligible for on-street
    residents parking permits
  • provide a Travel Plans where significant amounts of movement are generated
  • facilitate the use of ultra low emission vehicles
  • provide for the needs of people with disabilities by all modes of transport, wherever possible, and
  • contribute to the delivery of the route of the proposed Sustainable Movement Corridor in the town of Guildford where appropriate.

We will expect new developments to demonstrate adequate provision to mitigate the likely impacts, including cumulative impacts, of the proposal on both the safe operation and the performance of the Local Road Network and Strategic Road Network. This provision should include the mitigation of environmental impacts, such as noise and pollution, and impact on amenity and health. This will be achieved through direct improvements and/or Section 106 contributions and/or the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), to address impacts in the wider area including across the borough
boundary.

We will expect all applications for development that generate significant amounts of movement to be supported by a Transport Statement or Transport Assessment in accordance with the thresholds set out in the Council’s Local Validation List.

Response: Object 

We support the concept of sustainable transport but object on the grounds that the practicalities have not been properly considered, It is not sustainable to build dormitory towns and call them sustainable. Not everyone can cycle all the time. How can large developments outside the town centre maximise sustainable travel? This is a matter for the planning process- the further from the town centre, the less sustainable the development will be. Reliance on cycling discriminates against vulnerable members of the community. How can the disabled, those with small children, or the very old, or the infirm, or those who are ill, cycle outside the town in order to commute, or even inside the town? Only some people cycle –and Guildford has some steep hills, especially going out of town. Park and rides are slow – how can those with a 3 hour commute add 1 hour to their journey from using park and rides? The only sustainable mechanism for new developments is to have them in the town centre close to the railway and the main shopping links where a “hoppa bus” can provide satisfactory links for those who cannot walk or cycle. While we welcome the intention to encourage rail travel by adding two new stations (subject to negotiation with Network Rail) there could unintended consequences.

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