Neighbourhood Planning and Transport Decarbonisation Toolkit

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The toolkit provides detailed strategies to adopt sustainable transport policies in neighbourhood plans and good examples. It advocates a community-led, place-based approach to decarbonise local transport. This means that appropriate strategies and plans must come from the community and be tailored to the unique opportunities and challenges of the neighbourhood area. Therefore, this toolkit is designed in such a way to provide generic principles and methods of thinking that underpin a transport decarbonisation strategy, as well as provide recent good examples from adopted neighbourhood plans to demonstrate how generic principles can be applied in real life. Some policies and examples in this toolkit might more relevant to dense, urban cores, whereas others are more appropriate for small market towns in shire counties. Accepting there isn’t one perfect solution for any area, we listed all relevant policies here together to provoke imagination as well as show what is possible. It is up to neighbourhood forums and parish and town councils to decide to adopt and change policy wording to create the most appropriate strategy to decarbonise local transport in their own areas.

The toolkit’s intended audience are neighbourhood forums and parish and town councils in England who are producing, or planning to produce, a neighbourhood plan, as well as Local Planning Authorities and Local Transport Authorities, who are helping communities in the development of neighbourhood plans within their boundaries.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherUniversity of Manchester, Manchester Urban Institute
Number of pages28
Publication statusPublished - 19 Mar 2022


  • neighbourhood planning
  • transport
  • decarbonisation
  • community-led
  • spatial planning
  • urban planning

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Policy@Manchester
  • Sustainable Futures
  • Manchester Urban Institute


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