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News in brief: Scotland to set up Citizens’ Assembly; Eynsham park-and-ride application submitted

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 18 June, 2019

Scotland to set up Citizens’ Assembly

The Scottish Government has announced that the process of establishing a Citizens’ Assembly has begun.

The assembly will explore the major challenges facing the country.

A contractor is being sought to randomly select 120 members of the public to serve on the assembly, co-opting individuals who are broadly representative of the adult population.

The assembly will consider what kind of country it should be, how can Scotland best overcome challenges including those arising from Brexit, and what further work is required to enable people to make informed choices about the future of Scotland.


Eynsham park-and-ride application submitted

A planning application has been submitted for a park-and-ride site located on the A40 north-west of Eynsham in Oxfordshire.

Submitted by consultants acting on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council, the application includes an eastbound bus lane from the park-and-ride site to Duke’s Cut canal bridge near Wolvercote.

Two sections of westbound bus lane on the approaches to Cassington traffic signals and Eynsham roundabout also feature.

The scheme comprises the first component of the wider A40 corridor strategy, with the park-and-ride and bus lanes element of the strategy specifically designed to improve the reliability, frequency and journey times of public transport using the route, explained the council.


Khan sets out plans for electric vehicles

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has set out plans to expand London’s electric vehicle-charging network.

The plans aim to “ensure the capital continues to be one of the world’s leading zero-emission cities”.

Khan wants the public and private sector to work together, with commitments from businesses and retailers to transform electric vehicle-charging provision.

The plan includes:

  • Installing the next generation of ultra-rapid charging points at London petrol stations later this year.
  • Delivering five flagship charging hubs, with the ability for multiple cars to quickly be charged in one place. The first of these hubs is intended be operational in the heart of the Square Mile by the end of the year.
  • A new ‘one-stop-shop’ for Londoners to request new charging infrastructure from their local authority in areas of high demand led by London councils, making it easier for drivers to switch to electric vehicles.


Call for cycling and walking funding

Cycling and walking ambassadors and commissioners from across the UK have joined together to call on the government for greater powers and funding.

They have signed an open letter to transport secretary Chris Grayling, as well as the Conservative Party leadership candidates, calling for five key policy changes.

They want a commitment to long-term devolved funding for cycling and walking, a political commitment to minimum quality standards for cycle lanes, and other infrastructure and freedom to review traffic regulations.

West Midlands’ cycling and walking ambassador Shanaze Reade signed the letter alongside Chris Boardman, Greater Manchester’s walking and cycling commissioner; Dame Sarah Storey, active travel commissioner of Sheffield City Region; Will Norman, London’s walking and cycling commissioner; and Lee Craigie, active nation commissioner for Scotland.


670 Salford homes approved

Salford City Council and Bolton City Council have approved Avison Young’s planning application for a 677-residential development on the 26-hectare former Brackley Golf Course.

The site in Little Hulton falls on Salford’s boundary with the western extent of the development extending into Bolton.

Jon Suckley of Avison Young’s Manchester planning team said: “Alongside the mix of houses and apartments, we have proposed extensive open space on this site, with associated landscaping and an ecological corridor. There will also be designated play areas on the north and west of the site for children and families to help create a sense of community.”

It is estimated that the homes will be delivered over a six-year period.

Avison Young provided planning and Environmental Impact Assessment advice, Baldwin Design was the masterplanner, and CBO Transport acted as transport consultant.

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