Planning Incentives Leading to Car Dependencyon
Research by Transport for New Homes, visited 20 new housing developments across England. Their conclusion is that planning incentives are resulting in edge of town housing developments, which result in car-based living for residents due to a failure to include transport infrastructure.
National housebuilding targets are encouraging local authorities to allow developers to buy cheap, almost rural locations; where public transport networks are remote, there are no local shops, schools or employment opportunities.
As a result, residents have to use cars to commute to work, take children to school and to shop, effectively making them car-dependent.
Not only does this lead to poor quality of life, it is contributing to congestion and increasing CO2 emissions.
Whilst there is an urgent need for housing (see previous article “A Broken Housing Market”), the housing delivered should be sustainable by ensuring there are good transport links, local amenities and green spaces.
The Government’s Garden Communities initiative, is a positive step in the right direction.
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