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Sustainable Shrewsbury: learning from best practice in transport and land...

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Bear Steps Hall

St Alkmond Sq

Shrewsbury

SY1 1UJ

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UK transport and land use planning is locked into 1960s thinking about economic growth, new roads and housing in greenfield areas and a public spending cost burden far higher than the sustainable alternatives. Current thinking outside the UK has shifted towards planning and interventions that encourage a shift away from the car to walk, cycle and bus use in circumstances that make these alternatives feasible and desirable. The shift in transport thinking is matched by the shift to new ways of providing housing in highly accessible locations and designed on car-free principles e.g. Freiburg in Southern Germany. This shift is rooted in discussions around the need to improve quality of life in urban areas, eliminate congestion and traffic-linked air pollution, move towards zero-carbon transport futures and deliver significant gains in public health. Shrewsbury is a high quality compact urban area that currently provides a low quality experience for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists and breaches air quality and noise level standards that were designed to protect health. The potential for adopting new ways of thinking in Shrewsbury is huge but current planning locks us into a business as usual future which is now discredited. The talk will describe the alternatives, review case studies and specify what could be done in Shrewsbury.

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