The Executive's updated policy for integrating land use and transport planning was published today.

Deputy Communities Minister Johann Lamont said planning for development meant planning for transport. She set out the links involved in making sure people can get to developments by walking, cycling and public transport, as well as by car.

Ms Lamont said: "This policy and guidance helps planning and transport authorities to work together in providing development that is well served by walking, cycling and public transport networks, giving the whole community opportunities for access. "I am particularly pleased that the policy includes a section tackling access issues faced by those with mobility impairments, by disabled people and by women. The policy supports our commitment to improving people's health by emphasising the health benefits of walking and cycling and I am confident planning has a significant contribution to make here."

The new Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) 17 Planning for Transport replaces the National Planning Policy Guideline (NPPG) 9 The Provision of Roadside Facilities on Motorways and Other Trunk Roads in Scotland (1996), NPPG17 Transport and Planning (1999), and SPP17 Transport and Planning Maximum Parking Standards Addendum to NPPG17 (2003). SPP 17 is accompanied by a new Planning Advice Note (PAN) 75 which sets out background information and good practice advice; by Transport Assessment and Implementation: A Guide which explains to developers how they should demonstrate the transport effects of their proposed development; and a Consultation Report which explains how the consultation on the draft SPP17 has influenced the final document.