Planning Changes Could Increase Motorway Congestion
Environmental group, Campaign for Better Transport, have published research they commissioned on how revised government regulations for out of town business centres could lead to considerable delays for motorists during peak hours ΓÇô according to The Telegraph.
With the government shelving their policy that encourages new office developments to be built in town centres, Campaign for Better Transport, alongside other motoring groups, have expressed their concerns that this could lead to “an additional 8,000 journeys a day” for each business park development.
Stephen Joseph, chief executive of Campaign for Better Transport criticised the government’s proposal, saying that, “far from helping economic growth, our research shows that the draft planning framework could actually end up damaging the economy through increased congestion as new office developments move out of town centres and spring up next to motorways and other big roads.”
“We need to encourage new development, but not at any price and the expense of delays and congestion on transport networks needs to be fully considered when planning new developments.”
However, this research has been branded as “bizarre” and “exaggerated” by a spokesperson for the Department for Communities and Local Government, saying that “The National Planning Policy Framework maintains strict protections and rules and makes clear that only sustainable development will be allowed.”
Shifting locations for office space outside of city centres will perhaps benefit traffic congestion entering the city, but could apply additional strain on smaller, more rural, road junctions.
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