Policy 2017


Highways England Consultation on its Emerging Economic Growth Plan (January 2017)

The TPS response agreed that for the foreseeable future, the Strategic Road Network will have an important role to play, but questioned some of the conclusions of the Plan, particularly challenging the evidence for and examples of a direct link between the SRN and economic growth.

Click here to read the response HE Economic Growth Plan.docx

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Consultation on Air Pollution - Outdoor Air Quality And Health Guidelines (January 2017)

The TPS welcomed the guidelines but argued for a more holistic role for the public health sector in transport planning.

Click here to read the  NICE - comments from TPS


Department for Transport and Office of the Secretary of State for Wales consultation on the Severn crossings: proposed toll reductions

The consultation sought views on the proposed halving of tolls on the Severn crossings.  The TPS response commented that several consequences of reducing tolls have yet to be understood and that it is premature to make the proposed reductions without further consideration of the issues.  For example, reducing the established funding stream available from the Severn Bridge Crossings does not seem helpful at this time of austerity.  Another concern was that the estimated 17% increase in traffic resulting from the proposed toll reductions is not clearly understood.  It concluded that the TPS iscontent with a simplification of the toll levels but at the same time, identified scope for more refined scales of charges than are proposed in order to promote air quality and climate change objectives.

 Click here to read the Severn Crossing.pdf

Republic of Ireland Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government: Ireland 2040, the National Planning Framework

Our TPS Republic of Ireland region representatives prepared a response to this major national consultation for the preparation of a strategic planning and development framework for Ireland between now and 2040.  The response stated that we need to embrace this opportunity to ensure the NPF is robust, inclusive, ambitious and deliverable.  The TPS suggested that the Plan is supported by a well-informed timeframe for delivery, an Action Plan, that will guide delivery not just for the current Government, but also for many more to come.  It recognised that the NPF documents present a cross-sector approach to policy, which is encouraging and needs to be sustained through to delivery, as none of the key Government sectors can be viewed in isolation, for example, transport outcomes are potentially at the core of many Government departments, especially Health, Education and Planning.  Finally, we recommended that the NPF should be supported by a clear evaluation framework which can be monitored regularly to ensure delivery is within scope and contributing to the vision and objectives defined for the Plan.

Click here to read the Ireland NPF Submission.pdf


Department for Communities and Local Government Consultation on the Housing White Paper (April 2017) 

A substantial response from the TPS to this recent consultation highlighted that TPS members are strongly in favour of closer links between transport and land-use planning.  It urged the DCLG and the DfT to collaborate on housing and transport policies that work together to deliver environmental quality, secure social fabric, good services and reliable infrastructure in existing places as well as new locations.

Click here to read the  TPS response to Housing W...Paper 


Department for Transport’s draft Airports National Policy Statement on Heathrow Expansion (May 2017)

TPS responded to this major consultation seeking views on the planning policy framework which the north-west runway at Heathrow Airport would have to comply with.  The TPS put forward a strong view that the current NPS should be withdrawn and a proper NPS should be developed with an effective, national strategy for airports and that if the Government proceeds with supporting Heathrow a number of requirements to reduce its impacts should be implemented.

Click here to read the TPS Draft NPS Heathrow submission 


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