Draft Gloucester City Plan 2016 - 2031

Draft Gloucester City Plan

H: Sustainable Transport

H: Sustainable Transport

Policies in this section:

  • Policy H1: Sustainable Transport

Key issues:

  • Car parking – particular issues include parking on housing developments designed under the restrictions of Planning Practice Guidance Note 3, and parking in densely populated Victorian areas of the City.
  • Poor access to the canal frontage and natural assets such as Robinswood Hill.
  • Traffic congestion along some key routes – Bristol Road, Cheltenham Road and roundabout, St Barnabus roundabout and  Elmbridge Court roundabout (the most congested junction in the County).
  • Poor public transport connectivity in Matson and Robinswood ward to the centre and the expense of public transport journeys.
  • Air Quality Management Areas – demonstrating poor air quality in some areas along road ways.
  • Opportunities to improve the footpath and cycle network.

The key transport infrastructure issues for the City are therefore mainly improvements to the existing transport network to help facilitate the growth provided through city centre urban regeneration initiatives, and the peripheral urban extensions to the north of Gloucester, and to the south of Gloucester at St Barnabus roundabout and at the Hunts Grove urban extension issues:

A background topic paper on Sustainable Transport can be found on the council’s website by visiting www.gloucester.gov.uk/cityplan

Key evidence:

  • Gloucestershire Local Transport Plan 2015 - 2031

Other relevant strategies:

  • Gloucestershire Manual for Streets 2016

Relevant National Planning Policy Framework paragraphs:

  • Chapter 4

Relevant policies from the JCS:

  • INF1: Access to the Transport Network
  • INF2: Safety and Efficiency of the Transport Network
  • INF5: Social and Community Infrastructure
  • INF7: Infrastructure Delivery
  • INF8: Infrastructure Contributions 

Of particular relevance for Sustainable Transport in the GCP are policies INF1 and INF2 covering access, safety and efficiency issues for the transport network.  Policy SD5 criterion 7 and table SD5a is also relevant and seeks to transfer journeys to non-car modes. There is also a JCS transport strategy which provides an important strategic context and key local projects.

JCS strategic objectives met:

  • Strategic Objective 7 – Promoting Sustainable Transport

Key City Plan principles met:

  • 2, 13 and 14

Sustainable transport policy

Policy H1: Sustainable transport

The Council will work closely with Gloucestershire County Council and other organisations with regard to all local transport matters. The Council will take direction from both the transport strategy and policies of the JCS and the Gloucestershire Transport Plan (2015-2031) with regard to the priority projects for implementation, including the capital and revenue funded transport projects identified in the City.  The policies set out in the JCS and the Gloucestershire Transport Plan will also be used with regard to development management matters and planning application decision making.

New development shall provide car parking and cycle provision in accordance with the guidance provided in Gloucestershire Manual for Streets 4th Edition 2016 and any subsequent amendments.

The City Council supports and encourages improvements to the sustainable transport network including access to the open spaces, and our natural assets such as the River and Canal, Robinswood Hill, Alney Island and the open countryside.

The provision of transport projects and improvements is a fast moving and changing activity and closely linked to more general development delivery activities especially those that are planned through the JCS. Setting policies in the city plan for each specific piece of potential transport infrastructure is not considered necessary and would become out of date very quickly. The Gloucestershire Local Transport Plan performs this role better than the City Plan can, and will be frequently updated.  The JCS also provides a transport strategy and policy context for the consideration of transport issues in the development management process.  This is appropriate given the significance of joint working in the county and the likelihood that this will continue.

Further information on car parking in new residential developments, cycle storage, active design, air quality and pollution can be found in the Design and Health and Wellbeing sections of this plan.