Draft Horsham District Local Plan 2019-2036

Comment ID /2806
Document Section Draft Horsham District Local Plan 2019-2036 Economic Development (Key Questions) Retail Strategic Policy 13 - Town Centre Uses Strategic Policy 13 - Town Centre Uses View all on this section
Respondent Horsham District Cycling Forum… View all by this respondent
Response Date 27 Mar 2020
What is the nature of this comment?
  • Observation
Summary
Walking and cycling are good for the high street: people walking and cycling visit high streets more often and spend more money there compared to people in cars. So this policy needs to include reference to how town centres need to be attractive places to go to and spend time - this includes the streets not being dominated by vehicles and on street parking, and being safe places to cycle and walk.
Comment

Background note for Strategic Planning - there have been many studies showing that this approach benefits retail spending, as people walking or coming by bike tend to make more trips to shops and venues and have a higher overall spend than those who come by car. Research has shown that cycle parking delivers 5 times the retail spend per square metre than the same area of car parking - so we should not be so hesitant about removing car parking in favour of making places more attractive to cycle and walk.

See the attached research produced by Transport for London on the economic benefits of walking and cycling.

Proposed Change 1. Add a general comment (say after 5.43) about retail centres being under pressure, so town centres need to be attractive places to go to and spend time. This includes the streets not being dominated by vehicles and on street parking - walking and cycling are good for the high street. People walking and cycling visit high streets more often and spend more money there compared to people in cars.

2. In policy 13 itself add new point (after existing point 2?) to say that developers must demonstrate how their proposals will enable people to walk and cycle to the destination.
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