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Planning Minister David Curry today spoke of enabling local authorities to reduce the impact of traffice on cities ...
Planning Minister David Curry today spoke of enabling local authorities to reduce the impact of traffice on cities and towns.

Speaking at the Planning and Environmental Transport conference of the Royal Town Planning Institute, Mr Curry said:'Carefully designed bypasses can help to relieve towns and villages from through traffic.

We are also making significant progress in this area with the new 'package approach' developed by the Department of Transport to enable local authorities to introduce strategic traffic management in their areas.

Mr Curry continued: 'We want to make sure that there is a genuine choice other than the car and that urban areas can compete effectively. If we fail in this, then the measures which are left to us will impose higher costs.

'This is why we launched draft Planning Policy Guidance Note 13: Transport for consultation. I see it as containing five key principles.

we need to locate that development which generates a large amount of travel where there is a range of travel options; we need measures at the local level to increase the attractiveness of the neighbourhood for everyday activities and so encourage shorter journeys, perhaps on foot or by cycle;

We must retain and enhance our towns and cities as the focus for a high quality of life, and preserve the quality of our rural areas by ensuring their local vitality, without losing the other qualities which make them attractive;

We must preserve urban competitiveness by putting peripheral sites more on a par with urban sites, and by reducing the impacts of the car on the urban fabric.

We must maximise the benefit of land use change by providing priorities for bus and rail as an alternative to the car in urban areas, and take steps to manage traffic demand through parking and traffic controls.

'This is about vision for the future. We need to deliver development plans that offer people choice.

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