New Directions in Appraisal for Local Transport Plans
FERRARY C, Entee UK Limited, UK
Last autumn, the UK Government published a new Transport White Paper I that sets the agenda for delivering sustainable transport policies. A system of Local Transport Hans will be put in place that will not jnst set out transport policies and proposals at
Last autumn, the UK Government published a new Transport White Paper I that sets the agenda for delivering sustainable transport policies. A system of Local Transport Hans will be put in place that will not jnst set out transport policies and proposals at a local level, and justify these in terms of transport or economic goals as before. Local councils with responsibility for transport planning in the UK will have to demonstrate how their proposals help meet Government aims for sustainable transport by setting specific goals and targets at the local level, and demonstrating performance against these. A new approach to appraisal recommended by the UK Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) z sets out how environmental and economic appraisals should be repackaged to focus more on sustainable development issues.
This issue has also been addressed in other policy areas in Britain. Land use plarmers are grappling with the problem of meeting the UK Government's target for providing 60% of new housing on previously used sites (often called "Brownfield" sites in the UK). Critical appraisal of the physical and environmental capacity of areas to achieve these targets is happening up and down the country. Some councils are widening this out to consider sustainable development issues in drawing up land use strategies in general. Work is also being done on methods of appraising the sustainability of plans to be prepared by the new Regional Development Agencies (which were set up on 1 April 1999). Strategic appraisals of other areas of Government policy are also being undertaken.
This paper reviews the prospects for the successful appraisal of sustainable development issues within Local Transport Plans, and sets out an approach to choosing relevant targets and indicators that will allow this to be done more effectively. Drawing on work in strategic and sustainability appraisals undertaken by Entee UK in related spheres of policy, the paper demonstrates practical approaches for local authorities to meet the Government's requirements for appraisal more successfully.
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