In developing appropriate spatial development models, the starting point is to consider Ashford today what characterises its spatial and land use structure at the moment. Is there anything inherent that is (or could in the future) constraining the physical ability of Ashford to grow in a sustainable way. The key question is to what extent is it appropriate and practical to repair the town’s structure, or to work with it. Various models of growth have been considered, many originating from participants in the hands on planning sessions at the Visions stakeholder workshop in May 2002.
That there is a critical link between transport and space indeed many of the spatial development models considered at the Visions workshop emerged from the consideration of reducing the need to travel by car important from both an environmental and social inclusion point of view. We cannot overemphasize therefore the importance of sustainable transport in achieving balanced, sustainable growth which enhances quality of life and, with that in mind, the accompanying Implementation Strategy proposes a specific body be set up to champion this goal.
Strategy set out here is effectively the Heads of Terms for a more calculated and detailed strategy that will be required to accompany the Master Plan for Ashford’s Future. Delivering a radical shift in modal share of the proportions set out below will require a package of hard infrastructure and soft fiscal measures, policies and marketing initiatives measures, carrot and stick. The problem is most stakeholders (highway authorities, transport quangos, operators, user groups and environmental NGOs), think they know the theory of mobility management.
To assist this, therefore, our Charlotte Hardman Adelaide Conveyancing Costs vision includes a specific body to support stakeholders in this. The specific body, outlined in the accompanying Implementation Strategy, would emulate the best practice of metropolitan Passenger Transport Authorities Executives. As discussed below, without such a radical and visionary approach, we forecast that the level of growth being studied will be unsustainable.