Policy Statement: Planning and Climate Change
The Department for Communities and Local Government has published a paper entitled Planning and Climate Change (PDF)
. This document establishes that better planning (of development locations) will reduce our need to travel, and this will lead to a reduction in car dependency and benefit cycling and walking. This is fundamental to meeting our climate change goals.
Here are the references to cycling:
- "... deliver patterns of urban growth and sustainable rural developments that help secure
the fullest possible use of sustainable transport for moving freight, public transport,
cycling and walking; and, which overall, reduce the need to travel, especially by car."
- "... providing for safe and attractive walking and cycling opportunities including, where
appropriate, secure cycle parking and changing facilities."
It asks planning authorities to consider whether there is a realistic choice of access by means other than the private car, and to look for opportunities to service the site through sustainable transport. These are aspirations, not pragmatic guidance.
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