Pirton’s Neighbourhood Plan


Transport and Connectivity (Section 7 of the draft Plan)

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The related policies appear below the introductory text.


Throughout the consultation process, there were major worries about the effect of increased traffic on village safety.

The Herts Bus transport policies state that "the County Council's strategy will be to channel available investment into the most important bus services previously identified on a corridor basis".

Pirton was not identified. So it is unlikely that public transport will be increased in the near future and therefore with just the existing services, new development is going to mean more cars within the village and on the surrounding roads.

The purpose of our transport policies is to encourage traffic levels which are appropriate and safe for the rural nature and narrow roads of the Parish of Pirton.


Policy - PNP 12: Safety of Pedestrians and Motorists

  1. Development proposals will be expected to demonstrate and ensure that there is no detrimental effect on highway safety. Where other development proposals are under consideration, any particular development proposal must take account of the cumulative impact of increased traffic arising from the new development, combined with other schemes that have received or are seeking planning permission.
  2. Where the development will result in increased vehicle traffic, consideration should be given to the impact of increased pollution and environmental impact and contain measures to mitigate such impact.
  3. Any traffic-calming measures that may be proposed must be sympathetic to the character of the village.

Policy - PNP 13: Connectivity

Development proposals will be supported that:

  1. Add to, link with and improve the existing safe network of cycle routes and footpaths, within Pirton and giving access to the countryside.
  2. Are designed to create a clear view ahead in all footpath and cycle routes.
  3. Ensure that streetscape features along pedestrian and cycle routes, such as signage, street lights, bins and seating, are unobtrusive and of a design which reinforces and enhances the character of Pirton.
  4. Encourage visitors by improving access for walkers to the many public footpaths in the Parish and especially to the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the regionally important Icknield Way Path/Trail, together with cyclist access to the Chiltern Cycleway.
  5. Any development which has an adverse effect upon, or proposes the loss of, existing footpaths and cycle routes will be resisted.

Policy - PNP 14: Car Parking

  1. New developments should be self-sufficient in providing parking to meet its needs.
  2.  Homes with one or two bedrooms should be provided with at least 2 car spaces on-plot. For new homes with 3 or more bedrooms, each property should be provided with at least 3 car spaces on-plot. Where it is difficult to meet the above requirements on-plot, for example proposals for terraced housing, additional parking bays or service roads in front of the property will be considered acceptable to help achieve compliance with the parking standards.
  3.  Where proposed schemes comprise a group of four or more dwellings served with a common access road, separate provision must be made for visitor parking.
  4. Businesses and other organisations should make car parking provision for staff and visitors in consultation with the District Council.