Promoting Sustainable Transport - NPPF

Whilst no specific mention is made of inland waterway transport, the aim of facilitating sustainable transport is strongly supported. It states:-

“Plans should protect and exploit further opportunities for the use of sustainable transport modes for the movement of goods or people.”

Paragraph 34 states that: “Plans and Decisions should ensure that developments that generate significant movement are located where the need to travel will be minimised and the use of sustainable transport modes can be maximised. However, this needs to take account of policies set out elsewhere in this Framework, particularly in rural areas.”

The latter points indicate recognition that not all rural locations can meet the sustainability requirements.

Paragraph 35 states that: “Plans should protect and exploit opportunities for the use of sustainable transport modes for the movement of goods and people. Therefore, developments should be located and designed where practical to:

  • accommodate the efficient delivery of goods and supplies;
  • give priority to pedestrian and cycle movements, and have access to high quality public transport facilities;
  • create safe and secure layouts which minimise conflicts between traffic and cyclists or pedestrians, avoiding street clutter and where appropriate establishing home zones;
  • incorporate facilities for charging plug-in and other ultra-low emission vehicles; and
  • consider the needs of people with disabilities by all modes of transport.


It is important to follow up this NPPF lead by securing policy commitments in the appropriate Local Plans to the promotion and development of sustainable commercial transportation using inland waterways and estuaries.