New guidance needed on car parking for developers
Council launches consultation to get views from residents
A CONSULTATION has been launched looking at new guidance drawn up for developers on how much parking space to provide when building factories, offices and housing estates.
The consultation runs until Friday, October 31, asking for people’s comments on the guidelines by Bucks County Council.
Cabinet member for transport, Ruth VigorHedderly, said the guidance for developers was the result of gathering evidence and statistics with the four district councils.
She said: “Residents want to have confidence that new housing estates will not have parked cars spilling their streets.”
Proposals covering cars, bikes, motorcycles and blue badge holders, are a first for Bucks, which doesn’t have county-wide parking standards, and relies on those developed by the districts.
These vary and were written under old, more restrictive national planning policies, and in some cases led to insufficient provision of parking space.
The new guidance, which will be reviewed by cabinet members after the consultation, aim to provide:
More closely match local needs, accounting for variations between urban and rural communities.
Be realistic about demands for parking.
Account for Buck’s higher than average three-car ownership.
Recognise that every development is unique and ‘one size doesn’t fit all’.
Encourage ‘sustainable’ travel by including provision for bikes and motorcycles.
Mrs Vigor-Hedderly said: “There are now well over 300,000 private cars and vans in the county and we’ve one of the highest percentages of three-plus car households in the South-East.
“We need to help our residents and visitors to park well.”
She said the new standards would help councils to make better decisions about parking provision.
Research undertaken in compiling the guidance takes into account figures from government showing how many cars people own, and divides the
We hope this will all help to make sure that developments provide the right
county into zones.
Service lead officer for policy, strategy and development Ryan Bunce said: “It’s flexible enough to provide a different amount of parking where developers can provide good evidence that this would be the right thing to do.
“We hope this will all help to make sure new developments provide the right parking, but we want to hear what our residents think.”
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