Thursday, September 16, 2010

Can’t build houses because roads would clog up, can’t build roads because green

Housing ‘would compound traffic woes’

A traffic expert employed by Oxford City Council says the authority’s plans for thousands of new homes would compound Oxford’s congestion. Even with no development at all, city traffic would increase 51% by 2026. He added: “The core strategy, in my view, does not provide demonstrable evidence that the development proposed can be achieved without substantially worsening conditions.” The inquiry heard Government investment in Oxford’s road network was now in doubt due to public spending cuts.

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9 thoughts on “Can’t build houses because roads would clog up, can’t build roads because green

  • Oxford Mail: Housing ‘would compound traffic woes’

    So building more houses increases the population. Please explain Mr Trafficman?

    I’ll tell you what increase the population.

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  • No development! No buildings! No to everything!

    (it might affect our investment values!)

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  • What does it state on the signs? COMMUNITIES AGAINST FORD ECO TOWN.

    Ha ha, only some communities matter it seems. How much divide makes a great community these days?

    How about a simple sign with NIMBIES AGAINST NUMPTIES.

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  • We live in the most densley populated country in Europe which doesn’t exactly add to the quality of life.

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  • The Netherlands is more densly populated: 18 million in a country 1/5 the size of the UK. There is about 2 miles of open countryside between the Hague and Rotterdam, more an urban park than countryside actually. The infrastructure to get all those people from A to B is visible everywhere you look.

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  • Wow she has a good sized mouth..lol

    I think with careful planning and zoning you can make a decent environment and increase housing / business without effecting peoples lives with noise or traffic.

    1) Why cant factories, supermarkets etc move more products on canals, rivers and the sea around the UK.

    2) Why cant carparks for supermarkets be underneath them, thus allowing more parking with less space being taken with large developments, maybe the same for houses too.

    infact that sounds like a great idea parking garages underneath houses, gives more space above..

    as for a supermarket or a an industrial unit parking underneath it would reduce the footprint of the development dramatically.

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  • Mark,

    That’s not how NIMBYs work. If you want to open an out-of-town retail & office park, paving over millions of square feet of pristine countryside to lay down car parks, then that’s “job creation” and a Good Thing. However if you want to build even a fraction of that amount in housing, then it’s a Bad Thing because it will cause congestion and put pressure on already strained local services etc.

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  • Mr Mickey, why do people go round saying these things that are totally irrelevant?

    “We live in the most densley populated country in Europe which doesn’t exactly add to the quality of life.”

    It’s the towns and cities that are densely populated – just like anywhere else in the world. Ninety per cent of the UK is fields, forests, lakes, rivers, beaches, mountains. These areas are more or less unpopulated – just like anywhere else in the world.

    In terms of day to day life, what makes the difference is how big your home is, how big your back garden is etc. If people were allowed to spread out a bit more, hey presto, no more perception of “crowding”.

    To use an analogy – imagine five people live in a house with five rooms. If they all live in one room and leave the others unused, it seems crowded. If they all take one room each, they are fine.

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  • England is now more densely populated than the Netherlands, something which is hardly ‘irrelevant’. Although I don’t live in or near Oxford I do every month have the dubious pleasure of being stuck in the gridlock on the A34, where it forms part of the Oxford ring-road, when I am travelling down to Milton Trading Estate near Didcot. Whether or not it can cope with more housing, Oxford certainly can’t cope with any more traffic. Anyone who thinks it can is a numpty. Please can those of you who want to concrete over every square inch of this country, just please emigrate and the sooner the better?

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