Futures Forum: Neighbourhood Plan >>> Steering Group to hold its inaugural meeting
Neighbouring Exeter's quarter of St James provides some really helpful pointers:
Futures Forum: Neighbourhood Planning: an example from Exeter St James
St James Neighbourhood Plan
See a copy of the final Plan... and supporting documents
Making St James a more accessible and attractive place for pedestrians and cyclists. The Neighbourhood Plan will work to create a movement network that reflects the predominantly residential character of the area and encourage more sustainable means of transport.
• Strategic traffic and signage: Policy to define routes for strategic traffic around St. James and the preferred routes for traffic within the ward. This could include measures to direct HGV traffic away from residential areas through modifying the highways signage strategy for the area. A strategy to de-clutter and reduce the level of street signage within and around St. James generally could be included.
• Residential streets: Residential areas make up the majority of the St. James ward. To preserve and enhance the character and safety of certain streets, such as Well Street and Devonshire Place, the Neighbourhood Plan will contain a policy to discourage ‘rat-running’ and encourage pedestrian priority in residential streets.
• Sustainable transport: policy to identify and prioritise safe routes for walking and cycling. The Neighbourhood plan will consider public transport provision within the ward and look at ways of improving bus operation and options for enhancements to the railway station.
• Parking: Ensuring that local businesses and shops are serviced by adequate short stay parking spaces. Policy will consider options and put forward potential projects to increase the supply of short stay parking spaces available to local businesses, services and shops.
• Accessibility: a general policy to cover the whole of the ward to ensure high quality standard of accessibility for all section of the population in the future. De-cluttering the urban environment will play a role in achieving this objective.St James Neighbourhood Plan • Exeter St James
Some observations from the Campaign to Protect Rural England:
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANS: Key Policies: Transport
All adopted neighbourhood plans reviewed outline policies under the umbrella of ‘transport’.
However, whilst Exeter St James has policies specifically headed ‘Transport’, Oswestry and Thame discuss the relevant policies under sections entitled ‘A Wellconnected Town’ and ‘Getting Around’.
Such policies focus predominantly on improving accessibility and public transport options. For example, Oswestry’s WC2 policy aims to realise the proposed Cambrian Railway connection from Oswestry to the main line at Gobowen Railway Station whilst speeding up the phased development of the ‘Railway Line Greenway’ (a walking and cycling route) situated alongside. Similarly, Thame’s policy GA3 seeks developer contributions to support the provision of a cycle route to Haddenham and 6 Thame Parkway Rail Station, consequently improving accessibility to rural rail.
HOW THEY ARE WORKING TOWARDS CPRE’S VISION FOR THE COUNTRYSIDE A CPRE - Briefing December 2014
Planning for Sustainable Travel looks at the design of a town - and how it impacts on transport:
NEIGHBOURHOOD DESIGN AND STREET LAYOUT
Selective Policy Guidance Show
Evidence and Examples
Planning for Sustainable Travel - Key Themes - Neighbourhood Design and Street Layout