Better health, environments and spaces for people and business
Liveable Neighbourhoods are an important part of our plan to tackle the climate and ecological emergency and improve health across the area.
In 2020, we consulted on our policy for the introduction of Liveable Neighbourhoods in Bath and North East Somerset.
The aim of a Liveable Neighbourhood is to reduce the dominance of vehicles in residential areas - particularly through-traffic - while maintaining vehicle access to homes and businesses. This can be done through a range of measures including vehicle restrictions, traffic calming, one-way streets and residents’ parking zones.
With fewer vehicles, more road space can be used to create safer opportunities for walking and cycling, ensuring fairer access to roads and encouraging more active, sustainable travel. Consideration can also be given to on-street electric vehicle charging to encourage the use of electric vehicles.
By thinking differently about how road space is used, we can also create attractive, vehicle-free areas where people can stroll, shop or sit with others outside. The aim is to reduce social isolation, foster closer communities, and create lively and prosperous local high streets.
Liveable neighbourhoods are not new. They’ve been proven across the world to improve residential environments, with local communities at the heart of their design and development.
We’ve developed three strategies that together will help to achieve our aims. These have been summarised in a consultation brochure to help you identify the key points.
- Low traffic neighbourhood strategy (Draft 2020)
- Residents’ parking schemes (Draft 2020)
- On-street electric vehicle charging strategy (Draft 202)