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House of Lords written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Lord Greaves Lord Greaves Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions have taken place between the Department for Transport and the Department for Communities and Local Government on ensuring that cycle facilities, including cycle parking, and other improvements to cycling conditions are built into the planning and design of new developments and related transport infrastructure.

Photo of Earl Attlee Earl Attlee Lords Spokesperson (Department for Transport), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The Government is committed to supporting cycling. The National Planning Policy Framework includes the promotion of cycling. The Government is in the process of revising our planning for transport guidance documents (Travel Plans & Transport Assessments/ Statements). These will set out more clearly our recommendations for how local authorities should consider more active forms of transport, including cycling, in any new development. The Departments of Transport and Communities and Local Government, at Official and Ministerial level, meet to discuss how cycling and walking can best be accommodated in Planning guidance when the need arises. For instance Norman Baker, Minister for Cycling, met with Don Foster, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government on 7 February.

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