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What is a Home Zone?

A Home Zone is a road space that is shared equally between pedestrians and vehicles.The Home Zone concept is unlike other highway schemes as the design is based on what the residents and the local community require and therefore the ideas are shaped by local people.


The aim of a Home Zone is to change the way streets are used by improving the community's quality of life and by encouraging people back onto the streets to meet and socialise. This is done by enhancing the environment, reducing traffic speeds and making the streets a safer, more attractive place to be.


Home zone schemes can turn streets into a valued public space, foster a sense of community, increase natural surveillance and therefore deter crime. They decrease congestion, pollution, noise and enhance social inclusion.

Why St James’s Square

In the late 1990’s residents from St James’s Square (Square Roots residents group) have lobbied the Council to create a Home Zone scheme that would benefit residents of the St James’s Square and Parkwood Road area.


In 2000 the Council applied for funding from the “Home Zone Challenge Fund” that was set up by the Government to encourage Authorities to progress these schemes. Unfortunately the Council’s application was unsuccessful and the scheme was deferred.


However due to the Council's commitment under the Local Transport Plan (LTP) to consult on Home Zone schemes, in April 2006 the consultation began.


Since then we have constructed stage 1, which is a 20mph zone with traffic calming in Parkwood Road and have received lottery funding (Changing Spaces Big Lottery Fund|) to construct the main Home Zone around St James's Square in 2011/12.


Home Zone Decisions

Traffic and Parking Orders|

Home Zone Designation Order|

Traffic Calming Notice|


If you have any further queries please contact us;

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 Current Consultation can be viewed here|

Related Information


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