Still Building New Housing car dependent.

08 February 2022

Report from Transport for New Homes

Transport for New Homes is a Policy Think Tank that believes that “everyone should have access to attractive housing, located and designed to ensure that people do not need to use or own cars to live a full life.”  The group believes new housing should promote walking, cycling and public transport and avoids dependence on cars.

The group proposes that a shift from the car is “key to reducing carbon emissions from transport, and essential in preventing mounting congestion on our roads. It would mean less sprawl across the countryside, better places to live and new homes located in such a way that people use town centres rather than abandon them”.

Transport for New Homes has been reviewing new developments around the country and has been disappointed to discover how many are car dependent. They have issued a report on their findings and have two key recommendations.

Redraft national planning policy to make it unequivocally clear that building around sustainable transport modes is essential for a low carbon future and healthier and sociable local living. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and associated

Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) must give much clearer direction on these matters, so that both private sector and public bodies know what to expect and what to do.

Local public transport – it needs to be built.  Smart travel and mobile apps to tell you how to travel from A to B are useful but only if you have real life public transport in place. In some cities, especially London, this is taken for granted. But in many of the places where we are building new homes and other development, it’s not the app that is lacking but the services themselves.

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