Borsetshire Development Framework

Area Action Plan Development Plan Documents

Transport

TransportTransport and infrastructure, including roads, public transport (bus, rail and other forms), pedestrian and cycling schemes,  need to be planned for and provided to meet the future needs of the Borough. For many people, cars are essential to meet their daily needs.  The negative impact that this can have on the environment, our health, our safety and increasing congestion means that alternatives to the car should be promoted, and made more attractive and accessible. It is also important in this context to ensure that development is located appropriately so that work, shops, houses, schools etc. are all close together.  Focusing development within the existing urban area of the Borough will encourage the provision of a good range of facilities and reduce the need to travel. Clustering rural development at specific villages may encourage better transport provision within the rural area; this is referred to in the section on the role of rural settlements.

 

The Local Transport Plan (LTP) prepared by Northamptonshire County Council is the strategic plan for transport investment across the county. The second LTP covering the period to 2010/11 will be finalised in early 2006.  It is important that the proposals of the LTP and the policies and proposals specific to Wellingborough support each other.

The LTP highlights various road and rail schemes for the Borough. The A509 between Wellingborough and Kettering will be gradually upgraded through the provision of the Isham bypass together with a possible southern link to Niort Way on the north side of Wellingborough and improvements to the west of the town, including the junction with the A45. A new interchange is planned at Wellingborough station and improvements to the bus network within the town and on inter-urban bus routes are proposed. The provisional LTP can be viewed at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/Transport/TP/LTP/LTP2006-2011.htm.

It is essential that the Site Specific Proposals DPD facilitates the provision of public transport as part of proposals for development in order to reinforce the effectiveness of the provision set out in the LTP. National planning guidance states that we need to identify the potential for improved interchange between different transport services and between public transport and walking and cycling; and negotiate for improvements to public transport as part of development proposals in order to reduce the need to travel by car and the level of parking at such sites.  

cycle way signpost

Cycling and walking are, in some instances, viable alternatives to the car and it is therefore important to encourage these activities by aiming to improve provision for them within the Borough.  The existing Local Plan contains a cycle route and principle footpaths master plan for the town and indicates that developers will be required to implement parts of the network where they form part of any development proposals. As part of a subsequent cycling strategy adopted by the Borough Council, the network was extended to the rural areas to provide links with the villages and neighbouring towns. The routes included in the Local Plan and Cycling Strategy are included on the maps in the appendices.

What provision should be made for cycling and walking in the plan?

OPTIONS:

A: Continue to implement the network of cycle routes and footpaths shown on the maps in the appendices.

B: Extend/revise the network. If so, what changes/additions should be made to the cycle routes and footpaths shown on the maps in the appendices?