New guid­ance needed on car park­ing for de­vel­op­ers

Coun­cil launches con­sul­ta­tion to get views from res­i­dents

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jo-Anne Rowney jo.anne-rowney@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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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

park­ing”

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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