South Gloucestershire Council is asking local people for their views on parking arrangements for new housing developments.
The consultation has been started in response to complaints from residents and Councillors that the number of parking spaces provided for new homes and flat conversions is not always adequate.
The Council also says that some residents have complained that parking spaces allocated to houses/flats are not close enough to their properties.
The net result is that residents sometimes park in places that cause problems for bus and emergency vehicles, lead to neighbour disputes, block pavements and negatively impact the quality of life in an area.
On the other hand, parking spaces take up land, so to provide more might reduce the number of homes that can be built and lead to greater pressure to make more land available for development.
Government guidelines imposing a minimum parking provision of 1.5 spaces per dwelling were scrapped in 2006 and since then South Gloucestershire’s Local Plan has imposed maximum limits of one space per single bedroomed property, 1.5 spaces for a two bedroom property, two spaces for a three bedroom property and three spaces for larger properties.
More recently, the Coalition Government has dropped the requirement for local authorities to set maximum parking limits, allowing them instead to define their own parking ‘standards’.
In its consultation questionnaire, the Council also asks if residents feel that the parking spaces provided on a development should be ‘allocated’, i.e. clearly dedicated to a particular property or ‘unallocated’ (available for residents and visitors to share alike).
Within Bradley Stoke, although many properties incorporate an integral garage that counts as ‘allocated’ parking space, the garage space is often used for other purposes, e.g. storage. Planning applications to convert integral garages into living accommodation are generally approved providing that at least some off-street parking remains and the loss of parking space “would not create or exacerbate an existing congestion or safety issue”.
The consultation. which can be completed online or by post, runs until Friday 2nd March 2012.
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