The Council still has not produced a Transport Strategy for the district. This is particularly worrying given the scale of new building that the Council is proposing. [Draft Local Plan 1.36]
Both the City Council and County Council will work together through the planning process to facilitate the use of sustainable transport by:
- looking to locate development near existing transport hubs
- requiring facilities for walking, cycling and public transport and
- ensuring mixed-use developments where housing and employment are located in close proximity to encourage shorter commuting journeys.
- [Draft Local Plan 1.38]
The major development sites proposed for Herne Bay will be dependent on car transport – they are nowhere near “existing transport hubs”. The Council has also said nothing about the number of jobs that will be created on Herne Bay’s new housing estates and has produced no the evidence that they will be delivered.