Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Crossroads Has Been Reached Here

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Crossroads Has Been Reached Here

Article excerpt

Progress can, sometimes, be a painfully slow thing but one can sometimes take consolation from any step forward.

And that is where we find ourselves today with the Highways Agency over its controversial method of attempting to ease traffic congestion by strangling new developments in the region.

A new report indicates that the Highways Agency is changing its ways ( and that is to be welcomed.

A survey on behalf of development agency One NorthEast detects that organisations questioned "had noticed a change in the attitude of the HA recently towards being more supportive of development and being more directly involved in the planning application process".

It goes on to call for changes to the planning system to allow consideration of whether economic benefits of development override the cost of congestion problems.

None of which, it has to be said, is rocket science and should already have been happening.

But, given what has gone before, it is progress and there is patently something which can be built on in the future. …

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