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THEME 3 TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS 


Mini-Vision
4.4.1 Movement and access within and around the town will be provided by integrated safe and well-designed walking, cycling and public transport networks. Highway and rail improvements will provide access to Attleborough from surrounding areas and support growth of the town.

Objective TC1
To develop and implement sustainable transport for Attleborough.

4.4.2 'Smarter Choices' sustainable transport would have several objectives: assist with social cohesion; reduce vehicular journeys and assist with health and behavioural issues. The proposed location of link roads, improved connections for walking and cycling and new crossings over the rail line should be set out in new housing masterplans, outline and detailed applications and S106 agreements all of which will be required by the local planning authority. The SUE link roads should be constructed to an agreed phasing programme linked to a series of targets for completion before specified numbers of homes are in occupation, in order that travel patterns are set from the earliest occupation and the town centre congestion is not allowed to worsen.


4.4.3 Better links to Attleborough will be sought for Old Buckenham, Besthorpe and villages further away. Note that Policy ESD.P1 (d) in Theme 7 applies to the gateways to Attleborough.

Community Action:
The Town Council will seek to work with others, including Breckland Council and Norfolk County Council, to develop and integrated transport and parking strategy for Attleborough.

4.4.4 The ATC cannot itself implement policy to improve transport, but a solution is required to resolve the town’s congestion that both meets local needs and accommodates and integrates the proposed growth of the town, including preparing a parking strategy. The aim is to meet sustainable transport objectives in the NPPF. There is still further transport work that needs to be undertaken on delivering town centre transport measures to support the planned growth of the area. Issues would be resolved in dialogue with NCC in relation to the supporting infrastructure required to deliver proposed growth in the town.

Policy TC. P1
To support the provision of new pedestrian and cycling links (including new links over the rail line) implementing designs that promote direct and safe routes for all. A transport hub at the rail station will be supported.

4.4.5 ATC will work with Network Rail and the bus operators, and surrounding landowners on creating an integrated transport hub at the rail station to improve connected rail and bus services at the rail station, together with improved station facilities and car parking. The ANP recognises that without careful planning, the SUE located predominantly south of the existing railway line, could become a separate 'new urban extension' with no meaningful relationship to the existing town. Cycleways, footpaths and bridleways would allow interconnectivity. 


Objective TC2
There is a strong emphasis in Norfolk on improving broadband access and speeds, with a higher priority than increasing rural public transport access. New housing and employment should have superfast broadband connectivity.

Policy TC. P2
The provision of fibre-optic connectivity within new development will be supported.

4.4.6 Norfolk Rural Development Strategy 2013 – 2020 (September 2013) showed fibre based superfast broadband connectivity is a high priority in Norfolk to help “balanced communities where housing and population growth is matched by job creation” (page 5), which dovetails with the ANP policy objective. The support for market towns is given on pages 43 to 46, where broadband is listed as one of the four categories of infrastructure required: roads; water; energy and connections. The EU Commission
Digital Agenda for Europe target is set at achieving universal 30Mbps access for all properties by 2020. Access to broadband emerges with higher priority than public transport accessibility. Home working for many people requires high-speed efficient internet connection and providing this would also have a sustainability benefit as it would enable commuting to be reduced. However we are also aiming to improve the office environment for expanding professional services in the town centre, and good connectivity is essential for business expansion. The ANPSG and the Employment Theme Group will campaign with the local MP, LEP and local businesses to ensure high-speed fibre-optic broadband facilities are built into all allocated employment sites and major housing sites and seek to inspire businesses to explore new digital technologies enabled by superfast & ultrafast broadband.