§ Mr. Tony Lloyd
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the criteria he uses to make decisions when a direction is given to planning authorities to refuse a planning application on grounds of existing volumes and future increased traffic.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
The Secretary of State is empowered to issue directions to local planning authorities in respect of accesses to trunk roads under the Town and Country Planning General Development Order 1977 as amended in 1985. The order does not specify the grounds or criteria on which he may give a direction of refusal. These are essentially related to his role of providing motorways and other trunk roads to further the safe and expeditious movement of long-distance traffic.
16 hour 5 day average 24 hour 7 day average Highest 24 hour flow Date of highest 24 hour flow (I) M1 Intersection J20-J21/21A (A41-M1/A405) 108,100 108,900 127,700 Friday 25 September J21A-J22 89,200 89,800 106,600 Friday 4 September (II) A30 Intersection J12-J13(M3-A30) 128,000 132,000 150,400 1Friday 25 September J13-J14 (A30-Airport Spur) 140,000 142,000 165,700 Friday 4 September 1 Estimated from limited data.
I shall write to the hon. Member with diagrams of traffic movements and volumes at these intersections.