Land use planning measures proposed to cut traffic and CO2

Planning guidelines to encourage transport-efficient land uses have been issued for consultation by the Department of the Environment (DoE)1. Described by conservationists as a landmark in planning policy, the new guidance would create a presumption in favour of development within existing urban areas and, along with other measures to discourage trips by car, could reduce road transport emissions by 10-15% over 25 years.

The draft guidance note, PPG13, draws on a report by consultants ECOTEC on how transport emissions may be reduced by planning.2 One of its main aims is to curtail traffic emissions of carbon dioxide, which are projected to increase by 60-120% by 2025 after improvements in the fuel efficiency of vehicles are taken into account. The growth in CO2 from road traffic could prejudice the achievement of the Government's goal of

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