Transport infrastructure and services help to ensure that our land works efficiently. Good planning should integrate transport and land use to support sustainable economic growth as well as social well being and clean environments for communities. Most forms of transport are absolutely fundamental to modern life, whether moving people to school, to work, to health facilities, for shopping or recreation, or moving goods to and from farms and factories, docks and distribution and retail outlets.
The Scottish Government's Strategic Transport Projects Review announced a number of proposals which will be safeguarded in development plans. The National Planning Framework also identifies a number of transport related national developments which will establish the need for such projects in the national interest.
Scottish Planning Policy sets out the planning policy on transport, supported a range of Planning Advice Notes (PANs). The key policy messages are that the planning system:
- should help to reduce the need to travel and reduce dependence on the car
- create the right conditions for greater use of sustainable travel modes; and avoid or mitigate adverse environmental impacts.
- ensure that new development should connect to local services by walking, cycling and public transport.
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