In any development transport is a major consideration. The availability of public transport to get to and from shops, employment or infrastructure services such as healthcare or schools, in any development must be considered. In order to ensure that development is sustainable, the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires that planning authorities must “actively manage patterns of growth to make the fullest possible use of public transport, walking and cycling”. Access to reliable public transport is increasingly important.

Transport also applies to road use, of course. When making planning decisions and planning policies, consideration must be given to road capacity, suitability and sustainability. If a road is already at capacity, placing a large development adjacent to it would be a wrong decision. The National Planning Policy Framework contains a whole section dedicated to Promoting Sustainable Transport (Section 4). One of the key areas that must also be considered is parking. The NPPF requires that “Local authorities should seek to improve the quality of parking in town centres so that it is convenient, safe and secure, including appropriate provision for motorcycles.” Whilst Godstone parish does not have any towns, it does have villages where parking is at a premium and it is likely that policies will need to take this into consideration.

The Transport Group is led by Tandridge District Council Councillor Nick Childs. If you have an interest in transport or feel that you would like to help in the drafting of policies relating to transport, you can contact the Transport Group via the contact page or by emailing