About the decision

Our Environment, Transport & Sustainability Committee agreed to pilot a low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) in Hanover following a deputation presented by Hanover Action (Group) in June 2020.

The introduction of LTN schemes will complement our aim to provide a liveable city for all our residents.

The council declared a Climate Emergency in 2018 and the LTN pilot will contribute to the city’s aim of becoming carbon neutral by 2030. One of the top three recommendations of Brighton & Hove’s Climate Assembly was for of healthier low traffic/pedestrianised communities.

Benefits of a livable neighbourhood

Liveable neighbourhoods have been shown to:

  • increase physical activity through more walking and cycling
  • benefit local businesses through an increase in sales and higher spend by people who walk or cycle to local shops and retailers
  • create new public space
  • improve air quality
  • lower car-use for shorter trips
  • increase social interactions between neighbours and strengthen communities
  • reduced crime. You can read about the impact of introducing a LTN on street crime in Waltham Forest, London

Watch this short film to find out how a low traffic neighbourhood can benefit an area.

About the boundary roads and how will they be treated

The roads that form the border of the Hanover & Tarner study area are designed to carry greater volumes of traffic than the streets within the centre of the LTN area and are used by those driving to other parts of the city.

This Liveable Neighbourhood project is providing the opportunity to review the existing conditions of the boundary roads. This will enhance the potential for interventions and improvements to be made as a result of the current liveable neighbourhood project and help prioritise further investment in the future through additional budgets as they are made available.

The current engagement with residents across the area including the boundary roads will inform how the Liveable Neighbourhood concept evolves including the complementary measures required on the boundary roads which will be required to make the project a success.

How we'll monitor all boundary roads

We'll monitor all boundary roads as part of this project. Monitoring will include air quality and traffic counts. Data retrieved and collected for this project including air quality and traffic counts will be made publicly available before any decisions are made by the Environment, Transport, & Sustainability (ETS) Committee. A project monitoring plan with key performance indicators will also be set out in the reports to be consider by ETS Committee.