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Road traffic plans watered down


THE GOVERNMENT has watered down measures to reduce road traffic under new planning guidance issued to local authorities this week.

The revised Policy Planning Guidance 13 will allow out-of- town retail developments - identified as 'key generators of traffic' - to continue to be built 'where there is a clearly established need for such developments and it cannot be accommodated in or on the edge of existing centres'.

Tighter restrictions on business and retail parking spaces have been included in the guidance in a bid to encourage developers to fund public transport alternatives and better walking and cycling facilities.

But parking restrictions would not apply to developments of less than 1,000m2. This would cover most rural developments.

The guidance should have been published last month but was delayed while officials at Number 10 made it more car- and voter-friendly (NCE 16 September).

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