Carmarthenshire Council - Unitary Development Plan

TRANSPORTATION

INTRODUCTION

7.01 Given the Government’s objective for the closer integration of transport and land use planning, transportation has become fundamental to the Unitary Development Plan’s general development strategy. Land use planning has a key role in delivering an integrated transport strategy by influencing the location of new development and reducing the number of journeys by private car, and also encouraging a move towards more sustainable forms of transport such as public transport, cycling and walking.

7.02 With car traffic in the UK predicted to increase by more than one third over the next 20 years, the environmental, social and economic problems caused by this projected increase are being increasingly recognised by both Government and the public. In Carmarthenshire, 72% of households own at least one car and 78% of journeys to work are made by car (1991 Census). These figures illustrate a consolidated pattern of dependence on private road transport within the County.

7.03 The road network will continue to provide the principal means of transport within Carmarthenshire over the Plan period, and the policies and proposals of the UDP will look to make the best use of the County’s existing infrastructure to provide an efficient, sustainable and integrated transport system to serve the Plan area’s Sustainable Strategic Settlement Framework. By directing new development to those locations which have a nucleus of existing facilities, are integrated with the transport network and accessible by a variety of modes, the UDP will help reduce the need to travel and move towards a more sustainable land use pattern for the future. In essence, the UDP will seek to achieve the right balance between personal mobility, economic development and protecting the environment.

NATIONAL POLICY

7.04 The Welsh Assembly Government recognises that an efficient and sustainable transport system is a requirement for a modern, prosperous and inclusive society. It aims ‘to extend choice in transport and secure accessibility in a way which supports sustainable development by encouraging the development of an integrated transport system which is safe, efficient, clean and fair’. It is proposed to achieve this by integration:

Planning Policy Wales, Welsh Assembly Government, March 2002.

LOCAL TRANSPORT PLAN

7.05 The White Paper ‘ A New Deal for Transport – Better for Everyone’ (July 1998) advocates a range of actions at national, regional and local level to deliver the Government’s vision of an integrated transport system. One of the main proposals in the White Paper is for local highway authorities to prepare five year ‘local transport plans’, which will set out authorities’ strategies for transport including future investment plans and proposals for implementation.

7.06 Carmarthenshire’s Local Transport Plan (2001-2006) contains a five-year programme of actions designed to promote a more accessible and inclusive transport system for all its residents and visitors. The Plan recognises that transport is not a separate service or activity, but is an integral part of everyday life and underpins all services including the needs of the economy and communities, the provision of education and health facilities, and the promotion of healthy living. The Local Transport Plan complements the policies and proposals of the UDP and consistency between them both is essential if the objectives of sustainability are to be achieved in the short and long term.

RAIL LINKS

7.07 Rail links within the County consist of the West Wales main railway lines and the Heart of Wales line, which although very different in character, are each considered to be an integral part of the County’s transportation system. The West Wales line has branches from Pembroke Dock, Fishguard and Milford Haven, which converge at Whitland and extend via Carmarthen and Llanelli to Swansea, to connect with the wider rail network. This east-west railway route, providing links to and from the Irish Ferry ports in Pembrokeshire, has recognised strategic significance, being identified as an element of the Trans-European rail network serving the European Community.

7.08 The Heart of Wales line runs between Swansea and Shrewsbury via Llanelli, Ammanford, Llandeilo and Llandovery through rural Mid Wales. This line, in addition to catering for local transport needs, provides a regional link from the North of England and the Midlands to South West Wales, and has significant potential to support rural tourism and economic development.

7.09 In addition to these two rail links there are also a number of minor lines operating at varying frequencies throughout the Plan area, the potential development of which could contribute to the sustainability objectives of the Plan.

THE HIGHWAY NETWORK

7.10 Roads facilitate the movement for buses, pedestrians and cyclists. They are an essential link to non-road modes of transport, such as rail, and have a vital role in supporting the economic development of the County. Private road transport is likely to continue to provide the principal means of transport for people and businesses over the Plan period, even if modal shifts to other more sustainable forms are achieved. In many rural parts of the County roads are often the only realistic mode of transport and provision must therefore be made for the continued and enhanced efficiency of the County’s existing network.

‘Driving Wales Forward – A Strategic Review of the Welsh Trunk Roads Programme’, Welsh Office 1988.

7.11 The Road Traffic Reduction Act 1997 requires local authorities to assess the level of traffic on their roads and establish targets for reducing these levels and their rate of growth. The Council recognises the importance of this Act in addition to the Road Traffic Reduction (Natural Targets) Act 1998 and actively supports measures through an integrated transport strategy to reduce vehicle usage.

7.12 Carmarthenshire’s strategic highway network consists of a hierarchy of roads which includes the M4 motorway and a series of trunk and county roads. The County’s trunk roads (A40/A477/A48/A483) have seen considerable improvements during the last 20 years. In particular, the investment strategy pursued by the former Welsh Office and more recently the Welsh Assembly Government has fostered the provision of strong east-west links and the south of the County has benefited from the dualling of the A48 from the M4 to Carmarthen; dualling of the A40 from Carmarthen to St. Clears and the improvement of the A40 to the west of St. Clears, including the construction of the Whitland by-pass.

7.13 The completion of the Carmarthen Eastern By‑Pass in December 1999, whilst removing through traffic from the town of Carmarthen has also provided excellent linkages with the A40 trunk road to Llandeilo and the A484 and A485 principal roads to the north of Carmarthen.

7.14 The Local Transport Plan identifies a number of important highway infrastructure projects currently being pursued by the Authority which will contribute to the UDP’s sustainability objective by reducing congestion, providing access to development land thus creating employment opportunities, and contributing to a reduction in road traffic accidents. These key development projects are outlined below, the routes of which are known, will be safeguarded in the UDP.

Ammanford Distributor Road
The development and improvement of the trunk and principal road network serving Ammanford and its surrounding settlements is vital to alleviate traffic congestion in the town, to improve access to the A48/M4 corridor, and open up opportunities for the area’s regeneration. The scheme involves the construction of a number of new highway links, thereby by-passing the A483 trunk road and the A474 principal road.

Gwendraeth Valley Link Road
A key element in the regeneration of the Gwendraeth Valley is the need to improve road access to the A48/M4 corridor. Such a link road will take the heavy commercial vehicles away from residential areas and will alleviate congestion as well as opening up areas for future inward investment and create employment opportunities. The link road has been broken down into three separate stages:

(i) Short Term Gorslas to Cwmmawr
(ii) Medium Term Cwmmawr to the A484 (By-passing Pontyberem, Ponthenri, Pontyates and Carway)
(iii) Long Term New Link to the A484 from Trimsaran

North Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion Link Roads
The County Council has a long term strategy to improve the unsuitable road links between Ceredigion and Carmarthen and regard improved access to the rural area to the North of the Plan area as a key element in fulfilling its economic potential. The strategy in place involves the upgrading of the main route A485/B4559/B4336/A486, from Carmarthen via Pencader and Llandysul to Synod Inn on the A487 trunk road, as the strategic route to the A48 and M4. The first phase of this improvement strategy between Carmarthen and Alltwalis is complete. The strategy also involves the upgrading of the A485 from Lampeter to Windy Ridge (North of Alltwalis) and the A484 from Cardigan to Llangeler and onto Llandysul. The construction of a bypass around Llandysul and Pontwelly is seen by the Council as a key component of the overall route improvement strategy.

Morfa – Berwick Link Road
The proposed Morfa-Berwick Link offers much in terms of potential strategic improvements to the existing highway network in and around Llanelli. The link will provide opportunities for economic regeneration by opening up currently inaccessible development land and will also bring significant benefits to the heavily congested Trostre Roundabout and for the residents of Lower Trostre Road. Such a link road would also improve accessibility to the Millennium Coastal Park and adjacent facilities.

Burry Port Southern Distributor Road
The Burry Port Southern Distributor Road will provide opportunities for economic regeneration by opening up currently inaccessible development land. The scheme will also provide good access to the railway station at the centre of Burry Port, the Millennium Coastal Park and Burry Port Harbour. The new road will reduce traffic flows on residential roads within the town thus openingup opportunities for environmental improvements. (Completed 2006).

Dualling of the A4138/M4 Hendy Link Road
The dualling of the A4138 to the M4 at Junction 48 and improvements to the major junctions will provide a high quality strategic link between Llanelli and the M4. The dualling of this road is in the Council’s 5 to 15 year programme. However, there is potential for significant development schemes at Llanelli, Burry Port and the Pembrey Peninsular following the area’s designation as a strategic site within the West Wales and the Valleys Objective 1 Single Programming Document 2000-2006, and if these schemes are implemented then the Council will need to give consideration to bringing forward the programming of the dualling of the link road.

Trunk Road Forward Programme. Welsh Assembly Government, March 2002

Llanelli/Pwll Southern Relief
The A484 to the west of Llanelli, through the residential areas of Sandy Road and Pwll, is becoming increasingly congested. The County Council will look at the feasibility of constructing a new highway link from the western side of Llanelli through to the western side of Pwll, to relieve the heavily trafficked section of the A484 and to facilitate improvements to public transport along this strategic bus corridor.

Dualling of the A40 – St Clears to Haverfordwest
In recognition of the poor standard of the A40 in West Wales the Welsh Assembly Government has prepared a number of studies assessing the feasibility of potential road improvements. The studies include the ‘A40 Haverfordwest to St Clears Dual Carriageway Improvement Desktop Feasibility Study’ and the ‘A40 St Clears to Haverfordwest Multi-modal Corridor Study’, and are supported by an economic assessment report titled ‘Dualling the A40 : Moving Prosperity Westward’. Whilst these studies have concluded that dualling of the existing road may be justified in the long-term given current traffic forecasts, the Welsh Assembly Government’s 2004 Supplement to the Trunk Road Forward Programme (2002) proposes single carriageway improvements along the Pembrokeshire element of the route in the short term. Two improvement schemes in Pembrokeshire, namely the Penblewin-Slebech Park improvement and the Llanddewi Velfrey – Penblewin improvement, have therefore been scheduled for implementation within Phase 2 of the Trunk Road Forward Programme, which could potentially be ready to start by April 2010.

West Carmarthen Link Road
The designation of land at West Carmarthen as a Planning and Development Brief site for potential residential, commercial and other purposes is an integral component of the Authority’s overall development strategy for the Plan area and Carmarthen town in particular. The existing local highway network is becoming increasingly congested and has insufficient capacity to deal with additional developments which may result in increased traffic generation. The proposed West Carmarthen Link Road will provide a direct transport link between north west Carmarthen and the A40 corridor thereby facilitating the prospective development of land and property in this area, including St David’s Hospital and Trinity College. The Link Road will also assist in alleviating existing congestion problems on local roads, improve accessibility to existing facilities and services in this part of Carmarthen, and relieve pressure in the town centre through which substantial traffic to and from the area currently passes.

THE STRATEGY OF THE UDP

7.15 The dispersed nature of Carmarthenshire’s population means that transport issues are of particular importance. The transportation needs of the County vary between the scattered low-density population of rural areas, and the higher-density urban areas. The challenge facing the Council is to improve accessibility for those without a car, and at the same time encourage the use of alternative and more sustainable forms of transport.

7.16 The County’s existing development strategy, as advocated by the Dyfed Structure Plan, of dispersing development throughout the County on as broad a basis as possible generates substantial trip generation with their associated environmental consequences. In contrast, the UDP strategy aims to distribute development in accordance with the Sustainable Strategic Settlement Framework, thereby directing development such as housing and employment on a proportional basis to the Plan area’s Growth Areas, key settlements and village clusters, in accordance with the principles of sustainable development.

7.17 The Plan recognises that the County’s urban centres are more “sustainable” than the rural areas given their higher level and range of services and facilities, including education, healthcare, employment, retail and recreational facilities. These urban centres are also well served by public transport and offer easy access to a range of transport modes such as bus and rail services. The framework aims to make better use of the existing links between these urban centres and key settlements where the infrastructure in the form of roads and public transport are already in place. If employment and various services and facilities are located close to or within easy travelling distance by a variety of transport modes, then the need to travel will be reduced.

Technical Advice Note (Wales) 18, ‘Transport’, 1998.

7.18 Whilst the principal objectives are to reduce the need to travel, particularly by car, to facilitate improved public transport and to promote other modes such as cycling and walking, both the UDP and the LTP must accept that in a largely rural county, dependence on the car will remain a reality. For parts of rural Carmarthenshire with their dispersed, low-density population, the car is vital for accessibility and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. Improving accessibility in these areas, particularly for those who do not own a car, is essential and will help promote social inclusion and reduce rural isolation.

7.19 In particular, the transport policies and proposals of the UDP will look to:

POLICIES AND PROPOSALS

T1 - LOCATION OF NEW DEVELOPMENT

IT IS THE POLICY OF CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL TO ONLY PERMIT THOSE DEVELOPMENTS WHICH HAVE THE POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT TRIP GENERATION, WITHIN THE PLAN AREA’S EXISTING URBAN AREAS OR IN LOCATIONS WHICH ARE WELL SERVED BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND ARE ACCESSIBLE BY CYCLING AND WALKING.

T2 – MAJOR DEVELOPMENT

IT IS THE POLICY OF CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL THAT THE DESIGN AND LAYOUT OF ALL DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS SHALL, WHERE APPROPRIATE, INCLUDE:

(i)AN INTEGRATED NETWORK OF SAFE AND CONVENIENT PEDESTRIAN ROUTES AND CYCLE LANES, BOTH WITHIN AND FROM THE SITE;

(ii)ADEQUATE PROVISION FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT FACILITIES;

(iii)HIGHWAY DRAINAGE MEASURES THAT SEEK TO REDUCE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS, FOR EXAMPLE, SUSTAINABLE URBAN DRAINAGE SYSTEMS.

THE COUNCIL WILL REQUIRE THAT DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS WHICH HAVE THE POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT TRIP GENERATION SHALL BE ACCOMPANIED BY TRANSPORT ASSESSMENTS SETTING OUT PROPOSED MEASURES FOR THE DELIVERY OF MORE SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL PATTERNS.

Note: Large scale development proposals such as employment, retail, leisure and housing have the potential to generate a large volume of car based journeys. Developers will be required to provide information on how the impact of major travel generating proposals will be minimised through specific measures including the provision for walking, cycling and public transport facilities.

T3 – HIGHWAY CONSIDERATIONS OF DEVELOPMENT

IT IS THE POLICY OF CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL THAT DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS (INCLUDING CHANGES OF USE) WILL BE PERMITTED, SUBJECT TO OTHER PLAN POLICIES, PROVIDED THAT:

(i)THE CAPACITY OF THE LOCAL HIGHWAY NETWORK IS SUFFICIENT TO SERVE THE DEVELOPMENT WITHOUT DETRIMENT TO THE SAFETY OF ROAD USERS AND PEDESTRIANS;

(ii)ACCESS PROVISION, INCLUDING TURNING AREAS, IS OF AN APPROPRIATE STANDARD FOR VEHICLES, CYCLISTS AND PEDESTRIANS.

WHERE THE CAPACITY OF THE LOCAL HIGHWAY NETWORK IS INSUFFICIENT TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE DEVELOPMENT, UPGRADING WILL BE REQUIRED AS PART OF ANY CONSENT GRANTED.

Note: The capacity of the highway network to support new developments in parts of the County is inadequate and if development is to proceed on such sites, appropriate infrastructure improvements need to be made as part of the development itself. The County Council may impose planning conditions or negotiate with developers with a view to making planning agreements for the purpose of securing appropriate improvements to the highway network and/or public transport system to meet the needs of the proposed development.

T4 - PARKING STANDARDS FOR NEW DEVELOPMENTS

IT IS THE POLICY OF CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL THAT THE CAR AND OTHER VEHICLE PARKING PROVISIONS OF NEW DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS (INCLUDING CHANGE OF USE) WILL NOT EXCEED THE COUNCIL’S MAXIMUM PARKING STANDARDS.

Note: The Authority has established car parking standards which, in accordance with government guidance, represent a ‘maximum’ and development proposals will not be permitted to exceed this standard. The Plan recognises the need for adequate levels of parking provision whilst at the same time ensuring there is no over provision which would encourage greater use of the private car and conflict with the sustainability objectives of the Plan.

The Policy recognises the need for a flexible approach to parking requirements and in instances where it is not feasible to provide on-site parking, the Authority may consider financial contributions in the form of commuted payments from the developer for the provision of off-site parking. In those locations within the Plan area with good access to transport modes other than the private car, the Authority will also consider contributions towards enhancing sustainable transport facilities. These could include public transport improvements, park and ride schemes, and facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

Note: Supplementary planning guidance will be provided in respect of the provision of parking space behind the building line.

T5 – ROAD NETWORK IMPROVEMENTS

IT IS THE POLICY OF CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL TO SEEK TO IMPROVE THE COUNTY’S ROAD NETWORK PROVIDED THAT:

(i)THERE IS A DEFINED STRATEGIC OR LOCAL NEED FOR THE IMPROVEMENT;

(ii)IMPROVEMENTS ARE DESIGNED TO A HIGH STANDARD AND MINIMISE INTRUSION, DISTURBANCE OR OBSTRUCTION TO THE LOCAL BUILT AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENT AND LANDSCAPE;

(iii) SATISFACTORY PROVISION IS MADE, WHERE APPROPRIATE, FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND ALL USERS INCLUDING CYCLISTS, PEDESTRIANS AND THOSE WITH DISABILITIES.

Note: The Council is committed to improving the County’s road network provided improvements are designed to take account of the characteristics of the surrounding environment. Improvement schemes need to be clearly justified, for example in terms of easing traffic congestion, improving road safety, promoting and facilitating economic progress or enhancing the environment of the area in terms reducing noise, vibration, dust and fumes. When designing and implementing road improvement schemes regard should be given to provision of public transport and the needs of cyclists, pedestrians and also those people with disabilities.

Encouragement will be given to the use of vegetative drainage systems and sustainable urban drainage systems within road network improvements to manage water quantity, improve water quality and reduce the environmental impact of development.

The Council's Local Transport Plan identifies a priority list of 17 Road Safety Improvement Schemes which are listed in Appendix 4. These schemes involve mainly the local realignment and widening of the road carriageway, improving visibility and providing footways for pedestrians. In the meantime, the Council is maintaining a list of other potential Road Safety Improvement Schemes, which in due course will be the subject of further technical scrutiny, and where appropriate, will be added to the priority list.

T6 – NEW ROAD SCHEMES

IT IS THE POLICY OF CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL TO SAFEGUARD LAND REQUIRED FOR THE FOLLOWING ROAD IMPROVEMENT SCHEMES FROM ANY DEVELOPMENT WHICH WOULD PREVENT OR ADVERSELY AFFECT THEIR IMPLEMENTATION. PROPOSED ROUTES, WHERE KNOWN, ARE SHOWN ON THE PROPOSALS MAP:

(i)AMMANFORD DISTRIBUTOR ROAD;

(ii)GWENDRAETH VALLEY LINK ROAD;

(iii)NORTH CARMARTHENSHIRE AND CEREDIGION LINK ROADS;

(iv)MORFA-BERWICK LINK ROAD;

(v)BURRY PORT SOUTHERN DISTRIBUTOR ROAD;

(vi)DUALLING OF THE A4138/M4 HENDY LINK ROAD;

(vii)WEST CARMARTHEN LINK ROAD;

(viii)PENTREPOETH ROAD – A476 LINK ROAD AND BRIDGE.

 

Note: Further information on the proposed improvement schemes can be found at the beginning of this Chapter and in the Council’s Local Transport Plan.

Encouragement will be given to the use of appropriate wildlife access devices within new road schemes. These could include appropriate culverts and tunnels and associated fencing to ensure their use.

T7 – TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT AND CALMING MEASURES

IT IS THE POLICY OF CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL TO PERMIT PROPOSALS FOR TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT AND CALMING MEASURES WHERE THEY:

(i)REDUCE TRAFFIC SPEEDS AND CONGESTION AND MINIMISE CONFLICTS BETWEEN VEHICLES AND PEDESTRIANS;

(ii)RETAIN AND IMPROVE PUBLIC TRANSPORT FACILITIES;

(iii)IMPROVE THE MANAGEMENT AND AVAILABILITY OF CAR PARKING FACILITIES;

(iv) IMPROVE ACCESSIBILITY AND FACILITIES FOR PEDESTRIANS, CYCLISTS AND THOSE WITH DISABILITIES WHICH REDUCES MOBILITY;

(v)MAKE PROVISION FOR THE NEEDS OF LOCAL BUSINESSES.

Note: Traffic management and calming measures can contribute to enhancing the environmental quality of the Plan area through reducing the impact of traffic, enhancing residential amenity, improving air quality and the general safety of pedestrians and other road users. A number of proposed car parking areas have been identified in the Plan area and will be safeguarded from any development which would adversely effect their implementation.

T8 – RAIL AND BUS SERVICES

IT IS THE POLICY OF CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL TO SUPPORT IMPROVEMENTS TO AND THE UPGRADING OF BOTH THE RAIL AND BUS SERVICES IN THE PLAN AREA AND TO SEEK THE GREATER INTEGRATION OF ROAD AND RAIL LINKS FOR THE MOVEMENT OF BOTH PASSENGERS AND FREIGHT.

Note: Parts of the County are reasonably served by rail but there are many areas that lack access to the rail network and others where services could be improved.

The dispersed settlement pattern of the Plan area means that a significant proportion of the population, particularly those in rural areas, are dependent on bus services as their only means of transport. In those areas where services are less viable commercially, the Council’s policy is to secure by financial subsidy, non-profit making services for which a social need exists and where there is sufficient demand to justify the application of the subsidy.

T9 – RAIL FREIGHT FACILITIES

IT IS THE POLICY OF CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL TO PERMIT THE DEVELOPMENT OF FREIGHT HANDLING FACILITIES WHERE APPROPRIATE.

Note: Strategically located on the London–Fishguard main line service, the rail facilities at Llanelli, Carmarthen and Whitland have the greatest scope for freight handling facilities, whilst the station at Llandeilo, located on the heart of Wales line, also offers potential. The potential of the Gwendraeth Valley railway as a freight operator will need to be explored.

T10 – RAIL PASSENGER INTERCHANGES

IT IS THE POLICY OF CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL TO PERMIT THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW OR IMPROVED PASSENGER INTERCHANGE FACILITIES WITH RAIL SERVICES, WHERE APPROPRIATE.

Note: Passenger interchange facilities such as bus stations, car parks and bike parks are a vital component of the transport infrastructure if the benefits of public transport are to be realised and integrated transport provision is to be a success. The provision of bus facilities adjacent to rail stations will increase the number of journeys that can be served by public transport. Provision for cyclists, such as convenient cycle storage or parking facilities, will provide an additional facility for interchange, thereby reducing the need to use the car.

T11 – RAIL SIDE LAND

IT IS THE POLICY OF CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL TO SEEK TO IDENTIFY AND PROTECT APPROPRIATE RAIL SIDE LAND FOR POTENTIAL FUTURE TRANSPORTATION USES.

Note: Rail side land holdings occupy key strategic transport corridors and need to be protected, where appropriate, for possible future transport purposes. The Authority will, through Supplementary Planning Guidance in conjunction with the Local Transport Plan, identify strategically located sites which could potentially have a key role in future rail development and which could facilitate improved areas to the railway, for example, where they may accommodate ‘park and ride’ or rail – freight facilities.

T12 – REDUNDANT RAILWAY CORRIDORS

IT IS THE POLICY OF CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL NOT TO PERMIT DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS WHICH WOULD PREJUDICE THE RE-USE OF REDUNDANT RAIL CORRIDORS WHICH ARE CONSIDERED APPROPRIATE FOR POTENTIAL FUTURE RECREATIONAL OR RAIL DEVELOPMENT PURPOSES.

Note: The Plan area has a number of former railway lines which have considerable potential for recreational uses such as cycleways, walkways and bridleways. Consideration also needs to be given to the possibility of rail routes being used once again in the future for rail traffic.

T13 – GWILI RAILWAY

IT IS THE POLICY OF CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL NOT TO PERMIT DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS WHICH WOULD PREJUDICE:

(i)THE EXTENSION OF THE GWILI RAILWAY NORTHWARDS TO LLANPUMSAINT AND SOUTHWARDS TO THE OLD STATION SITE IN CARMARTHEN;

(ii)THE PROVISION OF NEW STATIONS AT LLANPUMSAINT, GLANGWILI AND OLD STATION ROAD, CARMARTHEN, AS SHOWN ON THE PROPOSALS MAP.

THE PROVISION OF NEW STATIONS AT LLANPUMSAINT, GLANGWILI AND OLD STATION ROAD, CARMARTHEN, AS SHOWN ON THE PROPOSALS MAP.

Note: The Gwili Steam operated railway is an important tourist attraction and the Council will support the long-term proposals to extend the line northwards ultimately to Llanpumsaint and southwards to Carmarthen Town.

T14 – CYCLING

IT IS THE POLICY OF CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL TO PROMOTE THE DEVELOPMENT OF A CYCLE ROUTE NETWORK WITHIN THE PLAN AREA AND TO SAFEGUARD LAND REQUIRED FOR THE FOLLOWING DEVELOPMENT ROUTES AS IDENTIFIED WITHIN THE COUNCIL’S CYCLING STRATEGY:

(i)TOWY VALLEY CYCLE ROUTE BETWEEN LLANDEILO AND CARMARTHEN;

(ii)WHITLAND TO LLANGLYDWEN;

(iii) TUMBLE/AMMANFORD TO THE AMMAN VALLEY.

PROPOSED ROUTES, WHERE KNOWN, ARE SHOWN ON THE PROPOSALS MAP.

Note: Cycling forms part of the Council’s Integrated Transport Strategy to reduce reliance on the car and promote healthier lifestyles. The Council’s policy is to maximise the role of cycling as a means of transport, through the continuing development of a convenient, safe and attractive cycle network, by prioritising routes; adopting the use of a cycle audit and review on highway schemes and developments; developing a maintenance scheme for all Council cycle routes, and ensuring cycling is fully integrated with public transport.

‘National Cycling Strategy’ DETR, 1996.

T15 – AIR FACILITIES

IT IS THE POLICY OF CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL TO PROMOTE THE DEVELOPMENT OF LOCAL AIRPORT FACILITIES, AND CONNECTIONS TO NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS.

Note: The development of small local airport facilities such as that at Pembrey can provide quick and easy links to national and international facilities. Nationally, air traffic movements are increasing and the potential for air taxi services to domestic and European airports is becoming more feasible. Whilst the scope for additional airport facilities in the County is limited by existing infrastructure, opportunities for enhancing the provision of air facilities will be encouraged.

Careful consideration will be given to the environmental implications of aviation proposals and where appropriate, mitigation measures will be required to minimise their potential impact. Proposals will be required to make a positive enhancement to the surrounding natural environment and will also need to comply with the Plan’s utility service provision and flooding policies.

T16 - OPERATIONAL AERODROMES

IT IS THE POLICY OF CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL THAT IN DETERMINING DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS IN THE VICINITY OF AN EXISTING OPERATIONAL AERODROME, CONSIDERATION WILL BE GIVEN TO THE IMPACT OF THE DEVELOPMENT UPON FLYING ACTIVITY AT THAT AERODROME AND IN PARTICULAR THE PROVISIONS OF ANY APPLICABLE AERODROME SAFEGUARDING PROCEDURE.

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