Camden Local Implementation Plan (LIP) Transport Policy

Backdated from previous BA website

Communication from LB Camden concerning this plan. I am writing to invite you to help Camden Council ensure that its new transport strategy takes adequate account of environmental impacts over the next five years. Click title for more and/or navigate to ‘Our files’ > Local Transport Implementation Plan Consultation for all documentation on this consultation.

Enqs to: Sam Monck
Tel: 020 7974 5803
Email: lip@camden.gov.uk
Ref: lip/lipseainvite1

12 February 2005


Dear Sir/Madam,

Camden Local Implementation Plan (LIP)
Strategic Environmental Assessment Workshop
Tuesday 8th March 2005 3pm-7pm

I am writing to invite you to help Camden Council ensure that its new transport strategy takes adequate account of environmental impacts over the next five years.

What is the Local Implementation Plan?
The Mayor for London published his Transport Strategy in 2001, and now requires all boroughs to publish a Local Implementation Plan (LIP) showing how they will implement the objectives in the Transport Strategy. It is, in essence, a new transport strategy for the borough, one which must be led by the Mayors’ Transport Strategy. It contains the current demographic and transport context, statements of relevant policy and detail of the transport and streets investment over the coming five years to 2011.

What is a Strategic Environmental Assessment?
Under a recent EC directive, now backed by UK legislation, all Plans which may have a significant environmental impact, are required to be subject to a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). The SEA process assesses the Plans impacts against a wide range of environmental issues:

Biodiversity, flora & fauna
Population & human health
Soil & water
Air & climate
Material assets
Cultural heritage, including archaeological and architectural heritage
Landscape/townscape
And the interrelationship between these factors

The SEA process is a complex one, but involves identification of any significant negative impacts, and then assessing whether alternative strategies should be adopted, or what mitigation of negative impacts can be managed as part of the Plan.

I am enclosing the Environmental Report which sets out our current SEA assessment of the impacts of the LIP, together with baseline data and some discussion of alternative strategies and possible performance indicators. A draft timetable for the workshop is also attached, although this will be subject to change.

The full LIP is currently being printed and will be sent to you shortly. However, given the short timescales we thought it wise to let you have as long as possible to examine the Environmental Report and arrange to attend the workshop.

In general the borough’s policies are strongly geared towards positive environmental goals, and there is good evidence that our policies are succeeding in areas such as:
reducing traffic volumes (motor traffic down by some 20% in the last decade)
reducing traffic casualties (casualty numbers in Camden are falling faster than the Inner and Greater London average)
encouraging healthy and sustainable travel (cycling and walking are rising, public transport use is rising, car use is reducing dramatically)

But there is no room for complacency. SEA’s are being carried out across the UK for the first time and we are therefore all beginners at this. We would like to learn from your knowledge and expertise in ensuring that the Camden SEA is robust and meaningful. We would like your help in strengthening the SEA for the LIP help us to identify how our assessment can be improved, or where alternative strategies or performance indicators can be considered.

Please come along to a workshop where the Council officers responsible for the LIP and for the various environmental issues will make short presentations with time for discussion. Time will inevitably be short to discuss such a wide array of issues so please ensure that you have read the enclosed Environmental Report before attending. If you cannot attend we would still like to have your input please write or email your comments to the address above by 22nd April 2005.

Many thanks, and I hope very much you can help us ensure that this first Camden LIP delivers positive environmental gains across the borough and beyond.

Yours sincerely,

Sam Monck
Street Policy

Camden Local Implementation Plan (LIP)
Strategic Environmental Assessment Workshop
Tuesday 8th March 2005 3pm-7pm
Committee Room 1
Camden Town Hall
Judd Street (just off Euston Rd, just east of the British Library)
London WC1H
(nearest stations Kings Cross, St Pancras)

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