§ Mr. Silverman
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when he intends to publish advice on the design of residential roads and footpaths.
§ Mr. Freeson
A design bulletin on residential roads and footpaths—Design Bulletin 32—is being published today. It is being sent to local authorities with a circular from the Departments of Environment and Transport and the Welsh Office—Circular Nos. 72/77, 5/77 and 92/77, respectively—commending the guidance to them.
The advice in the bulletin has been prepared in consultation with the local authorities associations and other interested bodies. Its purpose is to get land and other development resources used economically and with proper regard for maintenance requirements, and to aid local authorities in preparing 495W local design guidance on, and developers in designing, road and footpath layouts which will provide safe and convenient surroundings for pedestrians and ready access to dwellings and parking places, and contribute to the good appearance of new housing schemes.