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Paper 6 - 18 March 2005 Meeting

HAMPSHIRE AND ISLE OF WIGHT LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION

18 March 2005

LOCAL TRANSPORT PLANS

Report by the Director of Environment, Hampshire County Council

1. Local Transport Plans (LTPs) were introduced in 1999 as a mechanism to plan local authorities’ transport strategies over a five year period. The first full LTPs were produced in 2000 and covered the five years up to 2005-06.

2. Most English local authorities are currently working on their second round of LTPs, which would cover the period from 2006-07 to 2010-11. The Government has required authorities to submit these by the end of July 2005. However, progress on producing these plans has been severely hampered by the late arrival of official guidance on the issues that the plans should cover. There have also been delays in the Government supplying data and software for the plans. As a result, the Government has said that the plans submitted in July 2005 will be provisional, and that full LTPs should be submitted by March 2006. This decision was announced on 8 December 2004 and has required authorities to readjust their timetables from the previous requirement for full LTPs in July 2005.

3. There are some significant differences between the second LTPs and the first. Following the publication of the White Paper: "The Future of Transport", the Government has set four key themes for all LTPs:

C congestion

C accessibility

C safety

C air quality

4. This is a more focussed approach than the first LTPs, which were required to cover a very wide range of issues. The strategies for congestion and accessibility are to be based on analysis of baseline data supplied by the Government.

5. The LTPs will consist of a five year programme of transport improvements, set within a longer-term vision that includes the interaction between transport and other programmes, including land-use decisions. The intention is that LTPs should be corporate documents, which are produced and owned by all parts of the local authorities. They should not be solely transport documents produced by transport officers and members.

6. There is a high degree of co-operation between the local transport authorities in the Hampshire/Isle of Wight Area. The four authorities - Hampshire County Council, Southampton City Council, Portsmouth City Council and the Isle of Wight Council - are working on a joint longer term strategy that will be common to all four LTPs. This will be underpinned by a cross-boundary congestion study of the Solent area. An integrated transport and land-use model is being produced of the Solent area to allow different transport strategies to be tested.

7. The model and the Solent area congestion study will also contribute to the transport elements of the South Hampshire sub-regional study in the South East Plan.

8. As with the first round of LTPs, consultation will form a large part of the decision-making process. There will be a range of consultation events throughout 2005. For example, a business seminar took place on 9 February, under the auspices of the Hampshire Economic Partnership. Other events are currently being drawn up for the remainder of 2005.

9. An accessibility strategy is required to be produced for the LTP. Key to its success will be the development of partnerships with service providers and District Councils. The Districts have a significant amount of local knowledge and it is intended to involve them very early in the process in order to help identify particular areas of poor accessibility and to assist in the development of practical solutions. An initial seminar to ensure mutual understanding of accessibility and share preliminary outputs from the accessibility modelling process has been arranged for 21 March.

10. New legislation requires local authorities to carry out Strategic Environmental Assessments of plans such as LTPs. This requires a consideration of the environmental impacts of the proposed plan as well as of the alternatives that were considered. This process also requires considerable consultation with the public and affected groups.

11. Further information on the LTPs for the area will be disseminated as it is produced.

ALISON QUANT
Director of Environment, Hampshire County Council

Date: 2 March 2005
Annex: 0
Contact: Stuart Jarvis - 01962 846126, email stuart.jarvis@hants.gov.uk

Last update: 08/03/2005
Author: Nick Goulder, Director

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