Sustainability Appraisal - Second Interim SA Report Appraising Options for the Provision of Strategic Distribution Growth (Feb 2016)

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Sustainability Appraisal - Second Interim SA Report Appraising Options for the Provision of Strategic Distribution Growth (Feb 2016)

Q1. Do you have any comments to make on the Second Interim Sustainability Appraisal Report - Appraising Options for Strategic Distribution growth (Feb 2016)?

Representation ID: 5302

Received: 15/03/2016

Respondent: Highways England

Representation Summary:

Highways England's principal interest is safeguarding the operation of the M1 and A5.
Main interest in the SA relates to the "Accessibility" criteria. Noted that all options and combinations score between 'Minor negative' and 'Major negative', with the exception of Option A (no significant effects). Whilst we considers that these scores reflect the relatively poor accessibility of the Magna Park area by public transport, it is not evident how they have been derived.
SA contains limited specific evidence regarding accessibility (except statements on page 16).Highways England would question the term "reasonable" in terms of public transport access and considers that, whilst the other comments may appear reasonable, the scoring associated with accessibility should be supported by some evidence in order to ensure that the scorings provided in the SA are robust.
Reference should be made to the potential for commuter traffic to also have sustainability effects. Evidence on this, increased HGV & car traffic and its effects should be available from transport assessments that have undertaken for the sites.

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