9. Transportation, Infrastructure and Connectivity
Good transportation, infrastructure and connectivity are all essential for supporting our local economy and vital in attracting inward investment. This can be delivered in a variety of ways, for example, through promoting more sustainable modes of transport in order to reduce congestion, managing flood risk, developing a more sustainable and secure energy network and high speed telecommunications network, or managing waste and water more sustainably.
This LDP theme aligns with our Community Plan priorities in relation to ‘Sustainable Jobs and Tourism’ as it aims to support the enhancement and delivery of transportation, infrastructure and connectivity within our Borough. Facilitating enhanced connectivity both through increasing opportunities for active travel and communications infrastructure along with encouraging sustainable development and environmentally responsible behaviour also aligns with the Community Plan themes ‘Good Health and Wellbeing’ and ‘Our Environment’.
The strategic subject policies within this chapter will assist with the implementation of the strategic objectives set out in Chapter 4.0, particularly the following:
- To focus significant new development in accessible locations particularly for public transport services and to promote integration between transportation and new development so as to reduce the need for travel and to reduce dependency upon travel by private car generally.
- To protect strategically important transportation assets and routes (including disused transport routes) and, where possible, to facilitate enhanced connectivity within Mid and East Antrim and between the Borough and other centres.
- To facilitate the provision or upgrading of public utilities infrastructure (including water, wastewater, energy and telecommunications) to meet economic and community needs.
- To avoid new development in areas known to be at significant risk from flooding, coastal change or land instability, taking account of increased vulnerability associated with climate change.
- To support the generation of energy, particularly from renewable sources, in a balanced way that takes due account of environmental impacts and on sensitive or vulnerable landscapes.
- To promote active travel and increased opportunities for walking and cycling while protecting existing active travel routes and networks.
- To contribute towards climate change mitigation and adaption measures, where practicable through the planning system.
- To promote and facilitate the use of energy, water and drainage, and mineral resources in an efficient and sustainable manner and to support initiatives for the reduction and recycling of waste.
In this chapter, the strategic subject polices are informed by our evidence base and the relevant regional and local policy context, alongside our Sustainability Appraisal objectives, particularly the following:
- Manage material assets sustainably;
- Encourage active and sustainable travel;
- Improve air quality;
- Reduce causes of and adapt to climate change; and
- Protect, manage and use water resources sustainably.