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The Application Of Accessibility Methodologies To Land Use Planning

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The aim of this research study, is to examine the potential for using accessibility methodologies to assist local planning authorities in the delivery of the National Assembly for Wales policy objectives for integrated transport and sustainable development.

The work was carried out by Steer Davies Gleave with the Derek Halden Consultancy for the National Assembly for Wales in 2000 and 2001.

The specific objectives of the research study have been to:

  • review policy guidance, technical advice, research and best practice on the use of accessibility methodologies to assist decision making in the development plan and development control systems;
  • establish which accessibility methodologies are currently being used by local planning authorities in Wales;
  • test accessibility methodologies against the requirements of different land use types and different areas within Wales and specify the most appropriate accessibility methodologies for use in Wales, assessing the data requirements and costs; and
  • recommend guidance and advice which should be included in future, and recommend whether new best practice guidance should be produced.