Waveney Local Plan

Sustainable Transport

218 Cycling8.103 In Waveney, the car is the most used method to travel to and from work. Cycling levels are above average for the county and walking is also popular. Bus and train use is below county and national averages.

8.104 The Suffolk Local Transport Plan 2011-2031 sets out a priority to support the growth of businesses, reducing the demand for car travel, making efficient use of transport networks and improving infrastructure.

8.105 The Waveney Local Plan Suffolk County Transport Model Forecast Model Report (2017) identified that a number of junctions within the District, particularly in South Lowestoft would be close to capacity by 2036 and would therefore increase congestion.

8.106 Active travel such as walking and cycling positively contributes to public health and reduces the reliance on private vehicles. To encourage people to walk and cycle for convenience and enjoyment it is important that routes are delivered so they are direct, well connected to key local destinations and easy to follow. The Suffolk Walking Strategy (2015) and the Waveney Cycle Strategy (2016) set out the value and benefit of these activities, how existing provision can be improved to encourage greater participation and making use of opportunities afforded by a quality public realm and public right of way network. Delivery of these strategies will be critical in mitigating the impacts of congestion.

8.107 Policy WLP8.21 sets out requirements which should help improve the use of sustainable transport options and reduce the risk of congestion. The Policy sets out basic principles for encouraging sustainable modes of transport. It also requires developers to have regard to the Waveney Cycle Strategy and subsequent updates.

8.108 Parking provision in new developments can have an impact on the use of private cars and also the success of the development. Suffolk County Council have published parking provision guidance and Policy WLP8.21 requires this guidance to be taken into account.

8.109 Large scale developments can have significant impacts on local transport networks. The National Planning Policy Framework states that for developments which are likely to generate significant new movements, Transport Assessments and Travel Plans or Transport Statements should be prepared. Transport Assessments and Statements assess the potential transport impacts of developments and identify mitigation measures to promote sustainable development. Transport Assessments are thorough assessments of the transport implications of development, and Transport Statements are a less detailed evaluation to be used where this would be more proportionate to the potential impact of the development. Travel Plans are long-term management strategies for encouraging sustainable transport and mitigating the traffic impacts of a development. Suffolk County Council as the Highway Authority can provide advice on the scope and content of Transport Statements, Assessments and Travel Plans. 

Policy WLP8.21 - Sustainable Transport

Development proposals should be designed to incorporate measures that will encourage people to travel using non-car modes to access home, employment, services and facilities.

Development will be supported where:

  • It is appropriate in scale to the existing transport network;
  • It is located close to, and provides safe access to services, facilities and public transport;
  • It is well integrated into and enhances the existing cycle network and public rights of way network;
  • It reduces conflict between users of the transport network including pedestrians, cyclists and drivers and does not reduce road safety;
  • It will improve public transport in the rural areas of the District; and
  • The cumulative impact of new development will not create significant adverse impact on the existing transport network.
  • Developments should connect into the existing pedestrian and cycle network. Where possible, proposals are to include measures set out in the Waveney Cycle Strategy (2016 and subsequent updates) and demonstrate they have considered how the scheme will encourage people to walk and cycle to access services and facilities where practical.
  • New developments will be required to provide parking that meets the requirements set out in the Suffolk Guidance for Parking issued by Suffolk County Council (2014 and subsequent updates).
  • Transport Statements will be required for residential developments between 50-80 dwellings. Transport Assessments and Travel Plans will be required for residential developments larger than 80 dwellings.