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Local Government: Transport

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to encourage local authorities to include plans to improve urban design and regeneration in their next local transport plans. (253192)

A consultation on the draft Local Transport Plan (LTP) guidance for 2011 onwards was published on 18 December 2008. The guidance sets out the importance of the Department for Transport's strategy, 'Delivering a Sustainable Transport System' (DaSTS), in providing a framework for LTPs. Good urban design and regeneration are important elements in addressing the goals set out in DaSTS, particularly those on Quality of Life and Equality of Opportunity, respectively. We would expect local authorities appropriately to address these issues in their local transport plans.

On urban design, local authorities have been directed towards key policy documents and best practice in the Policy and Best Practice Handbook, published alongside the consultation.

On regeneration, the Department continues to work closely with colleagues in the Department for Communities and Local Government to align local transport planning with the emerging regeneration framework.

LTP guidance is out for consultation until 9 April 2009. The Department would welcome any comments to consider for full guidance, which we expect to publish in summer 2009.