The Neighbourhood Plan is an opportunity to promote sustainable transport by encouraging people to make more journeys on foot, by bike and public transport and improving the flow of motorised traffic.
A neighbourhood plan may deal with transport related to new development. It may only deal with traffic management of existing networks, where management would be necessary to allow development to be approved. Policy on transport should seek to encourage a balanced and sustainable provision.
The needs of non-car owners should be addressed. For example, pedestrian convenience and facilities for cyclists should be encouraged. Careful consideration should be given to creating convenient and safe links to surrounding areas.
It may be necessary to encourage new roads, bus routes and other links to key development sites to support their development. Car parking needs to be carefully designed and positioned to create a distinctive sense of place and not to dominate the public realm.
Research & Evidence
The 2015 Household Survey has highlighted five main issues for the Plan to consider: pedestrian networks, cycling networks, parking, traffic calming and public transport.
At the October 2015 Have Your Say days we conducted workshops and collected feedback for the West Sussex County Council Cycling Strategy.
In January 2016 we set up Google groups on each working group page to publicly discuss the issues online and via email. We also began sharing ideas via our blog, Facebook and Streetlife (now Nextdoor) alternatively, you can join our discussion group on LinkedIn or subscribe to our Youtube channel.
At the February 2016 Have Your Say days we conducted more workshops. These workshops were also made available online until April 2016. We received 48 responses from residents aged between 25 and 65+. The transport workshop report and youth survey focuses on exercise, river crossings, walking, cycling and driving. The regeneration workshop report focuses on public car parks and sites which local residents identified for potential improvement.
The reports include constructive comments, informative charts and maps. Policy makers can use these maps to see where respondents live in relation to the issues they were voting on, where they want to see improvements and how this relates to actual traffic incidents in the area over the last ten years.
Comments from all SBNF public consultations can be viewed by clicking on the appropriate icons on the interactive map.
We are using the data to develop objectives and policies. The first draft was shown at the October 2016 Have Your Say days. See below.
Vision for Transport & Movement
Shoreham Beach will be a quiet, low emission neighbourhood with the flexibility to welcome and accommodate visitors during peak seasons. The flow of people on and off the beach will be safe and smooth. Young and old can choose to travel locally without relying on the car. It will be easy to choose active transport to maintain a healthy lifestyle during our daily commute - enabling us to be more able in later life.
(Revision 3, 2017)
The Neighbourhood Plan will support a transition towards more sustainable transport and movement by reducing the negative impact of development (including congestion, air pollution, noise pollution, safety and parking) together with improving conditions for pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and mobility vehicle users.
Workshops: How to ease congestion on Ferry Rd and the A259
Interactive Transport & Movement Maps
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Click on icons for details and comments by local residents.
* Red = Transport related issues
* Blue = existing cycling/walking routes and parking facilities
* Orange = Popular destinations (community facilities)
* Black = Possible / planned development by others (councils, developers, etc)
that could have an impact on transport & movement.
* Purple = SBNF draft proposals
Exercise Circuit / Nature Trails Idea
Exercise circuit concept
Local architects have recognised an opportunity to design a low-cost, inter-connected system of activity, exercise, and transportation that helps people lead healthier, happier lives - with the potential added benefit of boosting property value and local trade. SBNF has been gathering feedback about the idea via a face-to-face workshop, an online workshop and Facebook. If you have any more comments about the exercise circuit map, you can also join the discussion group below.