11 Emson Close | Saffron Walden | Essex | CB10 1HL
10.4.1 Heavy goods vehicles moving through Saffron Walden have impacts other than pollution:
This photo taken in the summer of 2018 shows a lorry turning right into George Street from the High Street, and crossing the kerb, almost clipping the adjacent listed buildings. This illustrates the unsuitability of the medieval streets for heavy goods vehicles. Moments before this picture was taken, a mobility scooter user on the pavement had a narrow escape from being hit by the lorry. Large numbers of lorries use this junction each day making the pavement dangerous for pedestrians.
10.4.5 A last-mile delivery service or other consolidated delivery initiative which would potentially reduce heavy goods traffic through the town centre would benefit people and buildings, reduce congestion and improve air quality.
 Source: Campaign for Better Transport: Lorries cause more damage to roads than cars (13.3.2017), “the Generalized Fourth Power Law is the most commonly agreed method to approximate the relative impact of vehicles on roads […] a six-axle, 44-tonne truck is over 138,000 times more damaging than a typical, small, 1 tonne car (such as a Ford Fiesta) with two axles.”
1. Further developments which are beyond the east of the town’s development limits and which will generate additional traffic movements through the town will only be supported if:
2. Development proposals likely to generate HGV vehicle movements through the town centre will be subject to planning conditions restricting the timing of those movements.
3. The provision of charging points for electric vehicles for private, commercial and public transportation electric vehicles will be supported.
This policy supports the Neighbourhood Plan Objectives 2,3,4,5
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Saffron Walden will be an economically active and self-sustaining town, offering equal opportunities to all.
Saffron Walden’s residents will be able to live as healthily as possible.
Saffron Walden will be an environmentally sustainable town.
Saffron Walden’s heritage assets, high quality landscape and conservation areas will be protected or enhanced.
Saffron Walden will retain its market-town feel and community spirit.