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Two parking surveys have been carried out by the same Transport Planning Company for two application sites approximately 200 metres apart in Round Hill within the past year. The aim of both surveys is to persuade members of BHCC's planning committee that car-free conditions on the developments mentioned below should be removed The surveys claim to demonstrate that removing the car-free conditions will not have any adverse impact on highway safety, or capacity, that can be considered as severe or be contrary to the relevant local and national policies.
The TRANSPORT document (See page 2) written for and on behalf of Highway Authority Brighton and Hove City Council (see BH2018/03222) discloses that permit uptake within the Area-J controlled parking zone has been running at:
as measured from Nov 2017 to Nov 2018.
This is well over the 80% which gives the Council cause for concern.
The Highway Authority's explanation (see shaded section below) is based on Brighton and Hove City Council’s Supplementary Planning Document SPD14 on Parking Standards, which does not get a single mention in the policy background section of The Transport Planning Company's parking surveys.
The TRANSPORT document based on policy SPD14 also makes it clear that decisions on car-free housing do not relate to spare capacity within the Area J zone as a whole. Impacts may include localised increases in demand for on-street parking which can cause highway safety risks and can have a negative impact upon the amenity of existing residents in the vicinity of the site, as competition for on-street spaces in a particular area may increase. Where there is potential for overspill parking, a parking survey is normally utilised to determine whether there is capacity on-street for the additional demand within close proximity of the site.
The Transport Planning Company acting for the applicant does not want to mention BHCC's current parking standards SPD14 or to disclose the 92% figure for permit uptake within the Area J zone
The documents written for both Carelet and the Crescent Rd developers also fail to mention of the Key Public Transport Corridors outlined in Special Planning Document 14 (see pages 5 & 6 on car-free housing and the map on page 22 showing the key public transport corridors - purple area). Both application sites fall within this area where there is good access to public transport (both bus and rail in these cases).
For up-to-date figures on permit uptake within the Area J parking zone, do not trust the supporting document, but note the comments of BHCC Highways Authority.
Section 5.2 of the developer's Crescent Road survey makes the mistake of dealing with the area J zone as a whole, making no reference to the localised increases in demand described in SPD14.
Section 5.3 states that the 16/17 Parking Annual Report notes that, since 1st July 2014, there has not been anyone on the waiting list for a parking permit.
The TRANSPORT document, written for BHCC Highways Authority,
relates to BH2018/03222 described at the foot of the page, which lacks a parking survey. This draws a comment from BHCC's Highways, which contains recent data about the Area J zone:
Permit update during the year up until 5 Nov 2018 averages 92%
Given the potential variance in uptake across a CPZ, where permit uptake is over 80% over the previous 12 months, no additional overspill parking is permitted without a supporting parking survey
SPD14 suggests the consideration of the implementation of car free housing for developments where the impact of overspill parking is considered unacceptable. These impacts may include localised increases in demand for on-street parking which can cause highway safety risks and can have a negative impact upon the amenity of existing residents in the vicinity of the site, as competition for on-street spaces in a particular area may increase.
Where there is potential for overspill parking, a parking survey is normally utilised to determine whether there is capacity on-street for the additional demand within close proximity to the development.
In lieu of a parking survey, the Highway Authority utilises permit uptake data to assess parking occupancy levels within CPZs. Given the potential variance in uptake across a CPZ, where permit uptake is over 80% over the previous 12 months, no additional overspill parking is permitted without a supporting parking survey.
Permit uptake within Zone J over the 12 months averages 92%. Therefore, it is recommended that the all of the residential development is made car free and that this is secured by condition. Should the applicant wish to undertake a parking survey demonstrating there is sufficient capacity, or a parking demand assessment demonstrating there is no increase in demand compared to the existing use then the Highway Authority may reconsider.
Proposal for 3 small additional flats
Conversion of detached house at the junction of Wakefield Road and Upper Lewes Road (sharp turn)
BH2018/03222 Erection of three storey rear extension to create 3no additional one bedroom flats (C3), associated internal alterations. | 3 Upper Lewes Road & 1A And 1B Wakefield Road Brighton BN2 3FJ.
Now under consideration. Thoughtful planning statement, though while mentioning the heavily graffitied "long wall" on the Upper Lewes Road, it would be good if the proposals could extend to methods to deter unpleasant tagging. Perhaps there is scope for liaison with the developer on whether the rendered wall needs to be present or at its current height since more daylight from the south would benefit living conditions at ground floor level.
BH2018/03222 would generate a demand for 3 on-street parking spaces if new residents were eligible for permits.
This page was last updated by Ted on 30-Mar-2019