PPS 3: Access, Movement and Parking
1.1 Good mobility and accessibility for both people and goods is essential for the continued future growth of Northern Ireland and the improvement of opportunity for people with disabilities and others whose mobility is impaired.
1.2 The road network is the ‘artery’ for both the economic and social life of the Region. Commercial vehicles, cars, bus and coach services, taxis and motorcycles all rely on the network and it also provides the main infrastructure base for the movement of pedestrians and cyclists. Recent investment in the rail network acknowledges the important role this too can play in meeting the region’s long-term transportation needs.
1.3 It is government policy that there should be greater integration of transportation and land use planning by:
- promoting more sustainable transport choices;
- promoting greater accessibility for all; and
- reducing the need to travel, especially by the private car.
1.4 Development should be planned to take account of accessibility by all transport modes and the need to mitigate adverse transport impacts and promote road safety. This will assist with the promotion of healthier living and help reduce social exclusion.
1.5 New development should not therefore be located and designed on the assumption that the car represents the only realistic means of access for the vast majority of people. Choice of access is important for everyone, especially those whose mobility is impaired and those people who do not have regular use of a car.
1.6 A major influence on our choice of means of transport is the availability of car parking. With increasing levels of congestion and the need to promote sustainable transport choices it may be necessary to introduce parking restraint in certain locations.