Context to Suggested Objection 7
The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out Government planning policies for England and how they should be applied. It must be taken into account in preparing any Local Plan and is a material consideration in planning decisions.
NPPF Section 9 – Promoting Sustainable Transport
• Paragraph 102 - Transport issues should be considered from the earliest stages of plan-making.
• Paragraph 103 - Significant development should be focused on locations which are or can be made sustainable, through limiting the need to travel and offering a genuine choice of transport modes. This can help to reduce congestion and emissions and improve air quality and public health.
• Paragraph 108 – In assessing sites that may be allocated for development in plans, it should be ensured that safe and suitable access can be achieved for all.
Paragraph 102 means Strategic ie Shropshire wide Transport issues. Shropshire Council has NO strategic view of Transport issues to 2038 to inform its Local Plan proposals. The only document that exists is the Provisional Local Plan Transport Strategy 2011 – 2026, produced in March 2011, from an evidence base up to 2009. This is clearly not fit for purpose for the current Local Plan Review.
In order to meet the sustainability requirements of Paragraph 103, significant development should be focused in genuinely urban areas, not in rural areas such as Church Stretton. Given the distances from the Snatchfield site to local facilities and the absence of genuinely empowering public transport options, Snatchfield would be a highly car dependant development.
Safe and suitable access to Snatchfield, via the Clive Avenue Conflict Area route, cannot be demonstrated. Indeed, all the evidence produced by the Save Snatchfield Group proves that the access route is unsuitable for current levels of traffic, never mind the additional volumes that 70 new homes would generate.