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Car Free Sample Objection

The clear criteria for car-free housing set out on pages 5 to 7 of Supplementary Planning Document SPD 14 require applicants to demonstrate capacity for on-street parking in the vicinity of the site and in the surrounding area through an on-street parking survey.

Such a survey is completely lacking in BH2021/04390, which dwells on an appeal decision on an entirely different site while disregarding the decision APP/Q1445/W/19/3231412 relevant to the Crescent Road site.

The Parking Beat Survey Data offered last time round indicated that on average, the parking stress of the surveyed streets is very high at 95%. The planning inspector observed that “Furthermore, the Parking Standards within SPD 14 states that the maximum level of parking for the proposal is one space per dwelling plus one space per two dwellings for visitors, which equates to a maximum of six spaces for this development. Based on this, the parking stress figure would be further increased above the 97% stated in the Technical Note.

The inspector’s site visit confirmed “a very high occupancy of parked vehicles on Crescent Road and the surrounding street, with few spaces available. The proposal would be likely to generate additional on-street parking demand in the vicinity of the site, in an area which already suffers from on-street car parking stress, to the further detriment of the living conditions of neighbouring occupiers by making parking more difficult. Furthermore, the resulting combination of circulating traffic and overspill parking would be likely to increase vehicle movements in the area and obstructive parking, to the detriment of the free flow of traffic and highway safety."

Approving the new application BH2021/04390, in which a Parking Beat Survey is entirely absent, will undermine policies SPD 14 Parking Standards, CP9 Sustainable Transport, TR7 Safe Development and QD27 Protection of Amenity.

Notes

Policy CP9 of the Brighton & Hove City Plan Part One, 2016 (City Plan) seeks to deliver sustainable transport and the benefits that this brings in terms of reduced congestion, improved health, safety and quality of life by providing measures to transfer people onto sustainable forms of transport. Amongst other measures, this includes establishing clear criteria for car-free housing.

(Supplementary Planning Document) SPD 14 on Parking Standards states when considering applications for car free housing, the impact of potential overspill parking needs to be considered. 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. SPD14 further states that car free housing will be approved having regard to a number of factors which includes the scale of development, sustainability of location and the capacity for on-street parking in the surrounding area, and that this should be demonstrated by the applicant through an on-street parking survey."

Policies TR7 Safe Development and QD27 Protection of Amenity establish that the car-free condition is necessary, which relate to what the planning inspector observed on his site visit and the on-street parking survey.

This page was last updated by Ted on 21-Apr-2022
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