Draft Core Strategy (incorporating Preferred Options) October 2010

Document Section Draft Core Strategy (incorporating Preferred Options) Market Towns - Visions and Proposals Chard What will the Core Strategy Deliver? Transport Matters Measures to Encourage Modal Shift in Chard Modal Shift for Chard [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 1107
Respondent Somerset County Council Enviro… [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 03 Dec 2010
What is the nature of this representation?
  • Observation
The specification of a rigid limit of 400m is questionable. Connectivity to the external network should look at key routes, for example routes between the site and the town centre or local schools. It is legitimate to ask for contributions to improving such a route at any point if it enables pedestrian and cycling access to key facilities. For a site to be easily accessible by bike it must be accessible all the way to and from trip attractors not just 400m beyond the site boundary. (See also comment re' YV4).

However, it is also important to consider how far developers will be able to develop routes beyond the boundary of their sites and where there may be obstacles to this (both within and beyond any 400m limit).

It is also important to highlight the cycle parking standards in the countywide Travel Plans SPD noted above.

NB the same policy is applied to Chard - where these remarks apply equally.

The County's parking standards are referenced in discussion of cycle parking; these are not instructive re' residential standards. Therefore, the strategy would benefit from including further standards from the draft countywide Travel Plans SPD and/or the emerging Cycling Strategy.

(However, it may be useful to refer to the current standards to fill any gap caused by a delay in adopting the new Countywide Parking Strategy, which will cover cycling in much more detail (just in case anyone wishes to overlook the SPD or Core Strategy when they're considering a planning application).

It would be better to specify a required frequency for public transport services rather than use terms such as 'double the frequency'.