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About Southern Leighton Buzzard
In December 2007, planning consent was granted for 1,330 new residential dwellings, to be located along Billington Road. This forms part of the Southern Leighton Buzzard Urban Extension Area which also includes approximately 950 dwellings within the existing Sandhills development.
In view of the amount of growth in car trips over the past 20 years and as a result the increase in the amount of congestion throughout the UK; plus the increasing importance of lowering carbon emissions associated with private car use, the government is seeking to raise awareness of the impact that personal travel decisions can have on the local environment. This is achieved through the widespread promotion of Travel Plans.
The Travel Plan, developed and agreed in partnership with Central Bedfordshire Council for Southern Leighton Buzzard, identifies a range of targets and measures to promote the use of sustainable travel modes for residents of the development to consider; with particular emphasis on encouraging a shift away from private car use where this can be realistically achieved.
Additional initiatives will build on the package of measures agreed between the developers (Arnold White Estates Ltd) and Central Bedfordshire Council (previously Bedfordshire County Council and South Bedfordshire District Council). To help deliver these measures, a Steering Group consisting of the following organisations has been set up:
In addition to the above organisations, the Steering Group are also in close contact with other key stakeholder groups within Leighton Buzzard; such as GoCycle, the Station Travel Plan and I ♥ Leighton Buzzard. These strong relationships will help to achieve the objectives identified below:
Objective 1: To encourage and promote the use of sustainable modes of transport for residents of Southern Leighton Buzzard Exemplar;
Objective 2: To promote safety of vehicle and pedestrian movements to/from and within Southern Leighton Buzzard;
Objective 3: To engage in Travel Plan initiatives that would be available to the whole town rather than just Southern Leighton Buzzard (e.g. Measures incorporated as part of the Cycle Demonstration Town or Station Travel Plan);
Objective 4: To ensure that all residents are aware of the Travel Plan and the aims and targets for the plan;
Objective 5: To set out measures that will enable the users of the site to secure a long term reduction in traffic generation through a Travel Plan;
Objective 6: To raise awareness of the environmental and health related issues associated with various modes of travel; and
Objective 7: To introduce appropriate monitoring mechanisms to continually review the Travel Plan process; and
Objective 8: To encourage residents to shop locally and use the town centre (where realistically possible)
For further information relating to the aims, objectives and targets for the Southern Leighton Buzzard Residential Travel Plan, the full document can be downloaded here.