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Local Planning for Transport and the Environment

  • Stephen Glaister
  • June Burnham
  • Handley Stevens
  • Tony Travers
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Part of the Public Policy and Politics book series (PPP)

Abstract

The increasing focus on the needs of the environment within transport planning is shifting attention towards the part local government can play in changing patterns of travel. In the Conservative government’s final years in office it called upon local authorities to implement new policies for transport and the environment in its planning guidance document, PPG13, and policy document, Transport: The Way Forward (DoE and DoT, 1994; DoT, 1996b). Since 1947, ‘town and country planning’ has been the responsibility of local councils. The making of land-use plans, which try to match the demands of developers and the environment with transport provision, is a task that falls to ‘local planning authorities’. Councils make the first judgment on whether a planning application meets the transport criteria laid down in their plans. Most journeys are local, and therefore perhaps susceptible to being modified by the transport policies of local authorities. Thus councils seem to be in a prime position for using their transport and land-use planning strategies to minimize the need to travel, and to reduce the use of transport in its more environmentally damaging forms.

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Further Reading

  1. Brindley, T., Rydin, Y. and Stoker, G. (1996) Remaking Planning: The Politics of Urban Change, 2nd edn (London: Routledge).Google Scholar
  2. Rydin, Y. (1993) The British Planning System: An Introduction (London: Macmillan).Google Scholar
  3. Truelove, P. (1992) Decision Making in Transport Planning (Harlow: Longman).Google Scholar
  4. Department of the Environment and Department of Transport (1994) Planning Policy Guidance: Transport (PPG13) (London: Department of the Environment and Department of Transport).Google Scholar
  5. Steer Davies Gleave (1995) Alternatives to Traffic Growth: The Role of Public Transport and the Future for Freight (London: Transport 2000)Google Scholar

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© Stephen Glaister, June Burnham, Handley Stevens and Tony Travers 1998

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  • Stephen Glaister
  • June Burnham
  • Handley Stevens
  • Tony Travers

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