Regulation 18 draft Local Plan

Ended on the 8 January 2024
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(10)Chapter 11 – Infrastructure and Delivery

Infrastructure - Image showing numbers of key infrastructure in Rutland: 17 primary schools, 3 secondary schools, 2 independent schools, 1 hospital, 4 GP practices, 2 civic amenity (waste) sites, 86% residents in good or very good health

It is important that growth proposals are supported by appropriate new and upgraded infrastructure to ensure the best possible impact on the social, economic and environmental well-being of the County. The effectiveness of the growth strategy in this Local Plan is dependent on the delivery of the necessary infrastructure in the right location and at the right time.

Infrastructure can be separated into three main categories:

  • physical infrastructure (such as highways, utilities and digital connectivity and public realm improvements);
  • community infrastructure (such as schools, healthcare, adult social services, and cultural facilities); and
  • green and blue infrastructure (such as play spaces, natural and semi-natural open space, and sports pitches, as well as other essential infrastructure such as flood mitigation.

Rutland County Council has adopted a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) which will be used to fund critical infrastructure improvements. Where appropriate, on-site Section 106 contributions for specific on-site infrastructure may also be required. Contributions payable by CIL and Section 106 are in addition to any normal development costs payable by developers to any utility company or other statutory authority. Utility companies and some service providers have their own funding mechanisms to improve services to address increased need from development. The Council will continue to work with partners to ensure that infrastructure is in place at the right time to support the growth set out in this Local Plan.

What will the policy do?

Policy INF1 provides clarity about when the Council will collect Community Infrastructure levy and /or use S106 obligations to secure infrastructure improvements for development proposals. The policy also reflects the national policy approach that development viability will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

(41)Policy INF1 - Infrastructure and connectivity

It is essential that all new development will be supported by the provision of the necessary infrastructure, services, utilities and facilities identified to meet the needs arising from new development in a timely way.

  1. Planning applications for the following types of development will be subject to the application of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) in accordance with the adopted CIL Charging Schedule:
    • residential development
    • storage and distribution (B8)
    • food retail (supermarkets)
    • retail warehouses
  2. The detailed site-specific mitigation schemes/contributions included in the development principles to be included in individual site allocation policies are required and expected to be included as part of the site development costs. Development proposals should make provision for all the land required to accommodate any additional infrastructure arising from the development on site.
  3. In exceptional circumstances development may be of a scale or nature which creates a requirement for additional new or improved on-site infrastructure. In such cases, developers will be required to provide the additional requirement, to the agreement of the Council in collaboration with the relevant service provider. This will be secured through Section 106 in accordance with the relevant national tests.
  4. New residential and commercial development will be supported if sufficient infrastructure capacity is either available, or can be provided in time to serve the development.
  5. Consideration will be given to the likely timing of infrastructure provision for large allocated sites which require the provision of a range of significant infrastructure projects to mitigate the impact of development. As such, the delivery of development may need to be phased, either in time or geographically, to ensure the related provision of infrastructure in a timely manner. Conditions or a planning obligation may be used to secure this phasing arrangement.
  6. Where a S106 agreement is required, the Council will require the payment of a monitoring fee, which will be secured through Section 106 and agreed between the Council and developers.

Infrastructure schemes that are brought forward by service providers will be encouraged and supported where they are in accordance with other policies in the Local Plan.

CIL, together with the policy requirements in this plan and assumed S106 contributions have been assessed as being viable for the development types and sites allocated in this plan, therefore it is assumed that all development proposals will be viable.

The Council will follow national guidance (set out in NPPG) to determine the exceptional circumstances where a site-specific viability appraisal might be accepted. Where this is accepted the viability assessment should be prepared in accordance with the approach set out in national planning guidance and will be made publicly available. Independent verification of the viability assessment will be sought by the Local Planning Authority and the cost of this work will be borne by the applicant. The Council will determine how much weight it gives to the viability assessment in each case.

Green and Blue Infrastructure and waste management infrastructure are covered by separate policies within this plan.

Rutland's Infrastructure Priorities

The Council has identified the following strategic priorities for infrastructure provision or improvements within the County to deliver and support the growth set out in this Local Plan:

  • Priority One: A Special Place

    Investment in highways, heritage and Culture and public realm. Community grant scheme to support community proposals

  • Priority Two: Sustainable Lives

    Investment in waste and recycling services and facilities and the implementation of the Bus Services Improvement Plan

  • Priority Three: Healthy and Well

    Investment in improvements and increased health provision and in adult social care to support the care and independence of County's residents

  • Priority Four: A county for everyone

    Investment in the provision of services for early years, children, and young people and promoting the delivery of affordable housing. Work with Police and Fire and Rescue services to invest in ensuring Rutland remains safe and welcoming.

  • Priority Five: A Modern and Effective Council

    Investment in optimising the use of assets to provide value for money and support future service delivery and the County's strategic priorities

These priorities will be used by the Council to determine how CIL funds are spent. It is important to recognise that developer contributions alone will not meet the full costs of necessary infrastructure improvements. Therefore, additional funding sources and mechanisms will need to be identified.

Why is this policy needed?

One of the core planning principles set out in paragraph 16 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is that planning should drive and support sustainable economic development, and this includes the delivery of infrastructure. Paragraph 20 requires that Local Plans should include strategic policies for the provision of transport infrastructure, telecommunications, waste management, water supply, wastewater, and flood risk. The council should work with other authorities and infrastructure and service providers to assess the quality and capacity of this infrastructure and take account of the need for strategic infrastructure within their areas.

The policies and proposals in the Local Plan are key to the delivery of the local plan vision. However, it is important to recognise that other factors and processes will also influence this, including other organisation's plans and strategies and investment by the public, private and voluntary sectors, individuals, and businesses. Ultimately, it is the investment of individuals, developers, businesses, residents, and other organisations which deliver new development, economic growth and implement many of the Local Plan's policies. It is therefore important that the Local Plan provides clarity about what is required to deliver growth in a way which benefits the wider community.

The term 'infrastructure' in its broadest sense means any service or facility that supports Rutland and its population. It includes, but is not restricted to the following:

  • transport: highways, rail, bus, cycling, and pedestrian;
  • education: nursery and pre‐school, primary, secondary, further, higher, and adult education;
  • energy: gas and electricity generation and provision;
  • water: supply, wastewater and surface water drainage, flood defences and flood risk management;
  • information and communications technology: telecommunications, broadband and cable television;
  • health: hospitals, health centres/GP surgeries, dental practices, pharmacies and hospices;
  • green/blue Infrastructure and open space: amenity green space; children's play areas, outdoor sports playing pitches; parks and gardens; natural and semi natural green space; and allotments;
  • emergency services: police, fire service and ambulance;
  • community services: libraries and community centres; and
  • waste management: refuse collection and disposal, recycling.

The draft Local Plan has been prepared alongside a draft Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP). The Draft IDP is the first stage in the process of planning for infrastructure and identifies the infrastructure required to sustainably meet the overall level of growth proposed in the Local Plan over the plan period. The draft IDP gives a broad overview of the way certain infrastructure is planned and the agencies involved in its delivery. The draft IDP provides a baseline for a more detailed IDP to be prepared to support the next version of the Local Plan. This will identify specific infrastructure projects together with costings and likely funding mechanisms, in particular those that are critical to delivering the growth proposed in the Local Plan.

The detailed IDP will include an infrastructure list identifying the key infrastructure needed to support individual sites and growth proposals. This will be used by the Council to consider the prioritisation of funding from CIL towards critical and essential infrastructure.

The council is commissioning technical experts to meet an agreed programme to develop the detailed IDP following consultation on this draft version of the plan and through the early part of 2024 to ensure that it considers the final scale of housing and employment and the specific site allocations. The detailed IDP will be published alongside the Regulation 19 submission Local Plan.

The infrastructure list identifies infrastructure requirements and the timescales for delivery, together with an indication of the estimated costs, sources of funding and delivery partners. The Council recognises that resources are limited and there may be a need to prioritise funding and delivery of infrastructure over the plan period. By prioritising infrastructure requirements, it is possible to identify where fundamental constraints to growth and viability are, which may require early "pump priming", therefore preventing development being unduly stifled.

A variety of agencies are responsible for delivering infrastructure, and work is underway by service providers to identify future requirements and deliver infrastructure requirements to enable development over the plan period. The Local Plan policy and the IDP focus on infrastructure provision, which is critical to delivering the new Local Plan, in particular those which may require public funding or developer contribution.

Consultation with utility and service providers responsible for the delivery of infrastructure and other services has been ongoing through the preparation of the Local Plan. Service providers usually have their own future plans and in general these are for different timeframes to the Local Plan, often only covering 3 to 5 years ahead. Where they are available these plans have provided information on currently known planned infrastructure improvements and likely new infrastructure needed to support the delivery of level of growth proposed. The Council will continue to engage with service providers to update the evidence base on infrastructure and additional requirements as they become known.

The IDP provides the opportunity to appropriately align the work of partner organisations and service providers such as water and energy provision by utility companies, the County Council's own highways, education, and social services and healthcare provision by NHS Integrated Care Board (ICB) for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and for Lincolnshire. The Council and partners will work with Local Enterprise Partnerships and Homes England to secure both direct funding and recoverable finance for infrastructure projects where appropriate. We will also work with infrastructure and service providers to align their strategies and investment plans to the Local Plan.

The Council will continue to work with all its partners involved in the delivery of development and infrastructure to establish a shared understanding of investment priorities and ensure that the risk to delivery is mitigated or addressed at an early stage.

The overall context for public funding in recent years has been one of reducing budgets and an increased reliance on competitive funding and the private sector to deliver services and new infrastructure. At the same time, the ability of development to contribute to infrastructure can be limited by viability constraints. The viability of development types has been considered in light of all of the policy requirements included in the draft Local Plan, through a Whole Plan Viability Study 2023.

The Whole Plan Viability Study considers the viability of a range of types of development proposals included in the plan alongside the cumulative impact of the policies requirements included in the Local Plan together with CIL. Its purpose is to ensure that cumulatively, the policy requirements together with CIL do not jeopardise the viability of development and therefore put the strategy at risk of being delivered.

Green and blue infrastructure and waste management infrastructure are covered by separate policies within this plan. The Council has prepared a Blue and Green Infrastructure Strategy (2023), which deals with the provision of these types of infrastructure in more detail.

The provision of infrastructure, particularly that which involves the movement of people, vehicles, or water across the County and its administrative boundaries, have been discussed through the duty to cooperate with neighbouring and County authorities. These discussions will actively continue to ensure that the impact of growth is appropriately mitigated.

The capacity of existing infrastructure and the ability of that infrastructure either with or without new or expanded facilities to accommodate development has formed a fundamental part of developing the spatial strategy and distribution of development in this Local Plan.

Community Infrastructure Levy and Developer Contributions

In March 2016 the Council adopted a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) to help meet the needs for additional community infrastructure.

CIL payments are required for the four categories of development for which it is deemed viable in Rutland, as listed below. The Council will calculate the amount of CIL payable ("chargeable amount") in respect of a chargeable development in accordance with Schedule 1 of the CIL regulations 2010 (as amended). This means that payments are determined by the net increase in floor space multiplied by the CIL rate which is index linked from the base rate set on 1st March 2016 as follows: The CIL Charging schedule came into force on 1st March 2016.

Table 7

Type of Development

2016 CIL rate

CIL rate 2023 (based on 2016 rate plus indexation* m2

Residential development**

£100 per m2

£130.51

Storage and Distribution (B8)

£10 per m2

£13.05

Food Retail (Supermarkets)

£150 per m2

£195.77

Retail Warehouses

£75 per m2

£97.89

* The index used is the National All-in Tender Price published by the Build Cost Information Service (BCIS) on 1 November for the preceding calendar year. From 1 January 2020, the index is the RICS CIL Index published on or around 1 November each year to apply 1 January the following year. The CIL rates will be index linked from the base year (March 2016) to the date when permission is granted.

** Residential development includes new dwellings and annexes of any size and domestic extensions with a floorspace of 100m2 or greater.

Other developments are not deemed viable to pay CIL. The CIL regulations determine that development which is self-build (including housing, residential annexes and house extensions) may be eligible for exemption from CIL subject to the required forms being submitted and the conditional criteria being met. The CIL regulations also determine that most forms of social housing/affordable homes are also able to claim relief from CIL. There are other forms of residential development that the County Council has determined to be not sufficiently viable in Rutland to pay CIL. This means that residential care homes and other residential institutions do not pay CIL.

Full details of the Council's CIL Charging Schedule can be viewed on the Council's website.

In addition to CIL, the Council has a need to secure affordable housing. Developer contributions are required to help deliver the need in Rutland for affordable housing. The Council's affordable housing policy and supporting text is set out in Policy H7. Further supporting detail is set out in a Planning Obligations Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) adopted in January 2016.

The Planning Obligations SPD also addresses the need for site specific infrastructure or other planning obligations to be applied where such a requirement accords with national policy tests on necessity (for example, without which planning permission should not be granted). The SPD will need to be reviewed once the Local Plan has been adopted.

Site specific development principles will be included in the Regulation 19 Local Plan for each allocated site. These requirements will be derived from the site assessment process, input for specialist advisers and where applicable from this consultation. It is assumed that the development principles for allocated sites will be provided on site as part of the normal development costs.

What you told us about the topic

In the Issues and Options consultation, we asked you about funding options for infrastructure improvements (Question 59) and 42% of respondents said we should develop a priority plan for new and improved infrastructure based on an assessment of need (critical, necessary, and desirable) and timing. The IDP will do this.

You also told us that the overall prioritisation of infrastructure should be as follows:

  1. healthcare
  2. affordable housing
  3. schools
  4. public transport
  5. open space
  6. leisure facilities
  7. cultural facilities
  8. road improvements

You also largely agreed (88% of respondents) that the new Local Plan should include development requirements for each allocated site.

What alternatives we have considered?

The following locational strategies have been considered:

  • focus new growth in a single location where infrastructure investment can be concentrated, such as in a new settlement or a major urban extension and
  • focusing new development on areas where there is existing capacity or certainty about the delivery of infrastructure improvements, although in reality there is capacity for different facilities in different places.

Which existing policies will be replaced by this policy?

CS7 – Delivering socially inclusive communities

CS8 – Developer contributions

CS23 - Green Infrastructure, open space, and recreation

CS25 - Waste management and disposal

SP14 - Telecommunications and high-speed broadband

SP28 - Waste-related development

Sustainable Travel

The Council's challenge is to take a co-ordinated approach across all modes of transport, whilst recognising the individual access requirements of specific development proposals. Better use of existing transport infrastructure and the provision of new infrastructure will be required which is safe and well designed for multiple transport modes. In some cases, this will need to be provided across the County boundary, which will require joint working with the surrounding local highway authorities, National Highways and the transport providers.

It is recognised that improving accessibility and providing realistic alternatives to car travel in a rural area like Rutland is particularly challenging. Residents without access to a private car can be isolated and have significant issues in accessing employment, education and training as well as other services and facilities. Therefore, the location of new development can have significant impact on achieving sustainable patterns of travel and accessibility.

Walking and cycling can have wide ranging benefits, from reducing congestion and pollution from exhaust emissions, to contributing to the improved health and physical fitness of the population. Walking and cycling can also play an important role in multimodal journeys in combination with other sustainable travel modes, such as bus and rail services. Rutland is an attractive place to walk and cycle and has a network of safe and accessible routes.

What will the policy do?

Policy INF2 provides the highways authorities requirements for achieving sustainable, safe and accessible development proposals and cover the full range of modes of travel. The policy also set out the requirements for parking, ensuring that the needs of future travel technologies can be met and promoting Active Travel choices through improvements to the cycling and walking network.

Policy INF2 sets out where a Travel Plan, Transport Assessment or Transport Statement will be required.

(27)Policy INF2 – Securing sustainable transport

New development which will have an impact upon the County's transport network will be expected to meet the following criteria:

  1. meet the requirements of Rutland's latest Local Transport Plan and its supporting documents;
  2. give priority to a range of transport choices for the movement of people and goods;
  3. minimise the distance people need to travel to shops, services and employment opportunities;
  4. include a range of appropriate mitigating transport measures, including travel plans, aimed at improving transport choice and encouraging travel to work and school safely by public transport, cycling and walking;
  5. give priority to active travel solutions through the delivery of an integrated walking and cycling network, connecting new developments to essential services and neighbouring communities;
  6. make adequate provision (where appropriate) to put in place or improve bus routes, services and passenger facilities serving the County, and to put in place or improve rail facilities in Oakham including bus, pedestrian and cycle links to the rail station. Developers should refer to the County Council's Passenger Transport Strategy when considering such provisions;
  7. enable opportunities to respond to changing transport technology and usage, through the lifetime of the proposal;
  8. provide adequate levels of car parking in line with Council's published car parking standards at Appendix 5;
  9. proposals for all non-residential development will be required to submit a Travel Plan to show how the developer will minimise the impact of the development on the road network; and
  10. Commercial, mineral extraction and waste proposals will also be expected to demonstrate how they:
    1. support opportunities for sustainable freight movement by rail where possible and other alternatives to road-based transport; and
    2. support sustainable transport movements and minimise the potentially adverse impacts associated with heavy goods vehicle movements on the community, environment and road network including the need for significant minerals and waste development proposals to prepare a transport assessment and site transport plan.

Major development proposals and proposals for non-residential development must be supported by a Transport Assessment or Transport Statement, which includes a travel plan, setting out how the proposal addresses all of the criteria above.

Active Travel

What will the policy do?

The policy requires sustainable forms of transport to be integrated into the design of new developments and connectivity to and from development and existing built-up areas to be a key component for the layout of development. Consideration must be given to the quality of the walking and cycling environments to ensure routes are safe, legible and attractive, connecting well into the existing public rights of way network and to facilities such as bus stops. Development layouts must be fully accessible and be designed to encourage walking and cycling by providing direct routes following future and existing desire lines. Details of how these requirements complement principles of design are covered in policy SC3

Proposals should take account of points of conflict with vehicular traffic, severance issues and the need for other pedestrian and cyclist accessibility improvements, providing end to end consideration of journeys for all users.

(15)Policy INF3 - Walking and Cycling

Development proposals should facilitate active travel by incorporating appropriate measures within the design and layout of proposals which give priority to the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, people with impaired mobility and users of public transport by providing a network of high-quality pedestrian and cycle routes and green corridors, linking to existing routes and public rights of way, wherever opportunities exist. Developers should refer the County Council's Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan, once adopted (anticipated to be September 2023);

Applications should demonstrate how they will:

  1. create well designed, safe and convenient access for all both into and through the site, giving easy access and permeability to adjacent areas;
  2. protect, maintain and improve existing infrastructure, including closing gaps or deficiencies in the network;
  3. provide high quality attractive routes that are safe, direct, legible and pleasant and are integrated into the wider network;
  4. ensure the provision of appropriate information, including signposting and wayfinding to encourage the safe use of the network;
  5. encourage the use of supporting facilities, especially along principal cycle routes;
  6. make provision for secure cycle parking facilities in new developments and in areas with high visitor numbers; and
  7. consider the needs of all users through inclusive design.

Why are these policies needed?

The NPPF sets out the importance of sustainability in relation to transport, in particular the need to ensure developments that generate significant movements are located where the need for travel will be minimised and the use of sustainable travel can be maximised. It also requires that transport issues should be considered from the earliest stages of plan making, the planning system should actively manage patterns of growth in support of the transport objectives in the NPPF, and it sets out transport requirements to be taken into account in the development of planning policies.

The Council will use Government publication 'Manual for Streets'[1] and the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) which contain guidance on highway design and traffic management issues encouraging the shift away from motorists towards pedestrians, cyclists and public transport and controlling vehicle speeds through the layout of the development.

The Government's policy on car parking standards requires local authorities to set standards for their area, taking account of local circumstances. Policy INF2 Criterion h) sets out that new development should provide an adequate level of car parking in line with the Council's published car parking standards which are on the Council's website.

The Council's role as the highway and planning authority is central to meeting the Council's strategic objectives. This is primarily guided by the Council's Local Transport Plan (LTP4) and other strategies which will include a Local Cycling and Walking Improvement Plan (LCWIP) and a Sustainable Modes of Travel Strategy (SMOTS) which are expected to be approved later this year. The Spatial Strategy is designed to reduce need to travel by car through locating development proposals in the most accessible locations. This includes allocating sufficient land to meet the majority of the County's housing and economic development need in and around the towns.

The Council's challenge is to take a co-ordinated approach across all modes of transport, whilst recognising the individual access requirements of specific development proposals. Better use of existing transport infrastructure and the provision of new infrastructure will be required which is safe and well designed for multiple transport modes. In some cases, this will need to be provided across the County boundary, which will require joint working with the surrounding local highway authorities, National Highways and the transport providers.

It is recognised that improving accessibility and providing realistic alternatives to car travel in a rural area like Rutland is particularly challenging. Residents without access to a private car can be isolated and have significant issues in accessing employment, education and training as well as other services and facilities. Therefore, the location of new development can have significant impact on achieving sustainable patterns of travel and accessibility.

Rutland's fourth Local Transport Plan (LTP4) 2019. This runs through to 2036 and sets out the overall strategy and some of the delivery arrangements for transport across the County. The vision of LTP4 is to deliver a transport network and services that:

  • facilitate delivery of sustainable population and economic growth;
  • meet the needs of our most vulnerable residents; and
  • support a high level of health and wellbeing (including combating rural isolation).

To help deliver this vision and provide access to services, the County Council as local highway authority will utilise the contributions arising from new development and supplement, where possible, through other funds, improvements to:

  • the local highway network,
  • walking and cycling infrastructure (including those identified within the County Council's Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan – once developed),
  • public transport infrastructure and services; and
  • voluntary and community transport initiatives.

The Council will continue to work in partnership with Network Rail and the Department of Transport to improve passenger rail provisions and facilities serving Rutland.

Active travel is a government initiative focussed on getting more people to walk and cycle for short journeys instead of relying on cars and public transport. This is a way of improving the health and fitness of communities across the country and improving air quality by reducing congestion and carbon emissions in urban areas. Opportunities to promote active travel are limited by the rural nature of Rutland. However, active travel solutions may be the answer to some issues of isolation and rurality for parts of Rutland. The focus on promoting walking, cycling, and public transport use will apply within the towns and surrounding settlements and within new development: the allocated sites represent significant opportunities in this respect. In turn, such a focus contributes to the management of levels of traffic generated by new development, creating safer road spaces, good air quality and physical activity. It is important that active travel solutions are considered as part of the early design stage of development proposals to ensure that routes are appropriately located, enhance connectivity and are properly designed and constructed.

Active Travel routes for cycling and walking have a key role to play in connecting new development to the wider transport network, accessing services and facilities, and promoting low-cost sustainable, healthy travel in the County. Furthermore, Rutland is ideally placed to take advantage of the increase in popularity of walking and cycling holidays. The continued development of an accessible green-blue infrastructure network of footways, cycleways, public rights of ways (PROW) and green spaces in the County will support tourism, promote healthy living and encourage walking and cycling.

There is also recognition that technology, and the most appropriate ways to take advantage of it, is rapidly developing and is likely to start to impact on transport over the plan period (for example, driverless technology, etc.). The Council will therefore encourage technological development in transport to meet the needs of effective transportation methods, and to improve the wellbeing of residents and businesses. This will include seeking to 'future proof' access networks and using innovative smart solutions.

The Council will work with industry to promote sustainable transport movements of minerals and waste and encourage alternatives to road-based transport in order to reduce adverse impacts on communities and the environment. Planning applications for mineral and waste development will be expected to show that alternatives to road-based options for transporting minerals and waste have been considered, for example rail, conveyor, pipeline and water.

However, it is acknowledged that the majority of mineral and waste produced in Rutland is transported over relatively short distances, with alternatives to road transport being limited apart from those relating to Ketton cement works. Potential adverse effects of traffic generated by mineral developments should be minimised, particularly in relation to effects on local communities, the environment and the local road network. The Council may also seek mitigation measures to control the impact of road haulage by controlling the operation of minerals sites through routing agreements, output limits, hours of operation, etc. as appropriate. All significant proposals will be expected to prepare a transport assessment and a site transport plan. The transport plan will act to supplement and underpin transport related conditions attached to the planning consent. Such a requirement would, however, only apply to new sites or extensions or where there is a proposal to increase lorry movements at existing sites.

What you told us about the topic

The Issues and Options consultation explored a number of options for promoting sustainable travel in Rutland. These options recognised that as a rural county, a reliance on private car journeys is inevitable. 21% of the respondents supported an approach which continued a dispersed pattern of development which direct development to the most sustainable locations or the option to focus new development on areas where there is existing capacity or certainty about the delivery of infrastructure improvements (26% of respondents). Support was also shown for developing a priority plan for new and improved infrastructure based on an assessment of need and timing. The IDP will provide this.

Comments were also made about encouraging the use of a range of sustainable travel options and the inclusion of policies to actively promote sustainable travel, and policies to improve walking and cycling connections.

What alternatives have we considered?

To include policies which actively discourage the use of private cars.

Focus development in a single location where the benefits of infrastructure investment can be concentrated.

Which existing policies will be replaced by this policy?

CS18 – Sustainable transport and accessibility


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