Residents of an apartment complex in Bradley Stoke, who claim they have been provided with only half the number of car parking spaces than are actually needed, have appealed to the town council for help.
Representatives of the residents’ association at Brook Court, a 50-unit ‘later living’ development recently constructed on Savages Wood Road, near the Three Brooks public house, told councillors at the January Planning Committee meeting that the 18 spaces provided at the site are “inadequate”, meaning that many residents and visitors are forced to seek parking space elsewhere.
Roger Grimshaw, secretary of the association, explained that the problem had become worse since the nearby Willow Brook shopping centre had imposed a four-and-a-half hour restriction on parking.
He added that there are currently 16 residents on a waiting list for reserved parking spaces at Brook Court and said there was concern that the shortage of spaces might make the apartments less attractive to potential buyers when the owners come to sell.
David Tovey, chairman of the association, said that despite having one of the reserved spaces himself, he often had to drive round neighbouring residential streets to find a parking space when he has visitors, having allowed them to use his allocated on-site space.
Concerns about inadequate parking at the development were raised by local residents at the planning application stage in 2011, but these were dismissed by McCarthy & Stone (the developers) and South Gloucestershire Council who claimed that the close proximity of local services and the elderly nature of the development’s residents would result in a low level of car ownership.
However, Mr Grimshaw pointed out that the complex had been marketed as being for ‘later living’ rather than ‘assisted living’ and therefore it should have been anticipated that levels of car ownership would be higher.
Mr Grimshaw told The Journal that McCarthy & Stone have responded by negotiating the use of eight parking spaces in the car park of the adjoining Three Brooks public house and a small number of spaces at the far end of the Willow Brook Centre car park, although both of these agreements are understood to temporary in nature.
Making it clear that residents on the waiting list would be prepared to pay for a guaranteed parking space in the immediate vicinity of the complex, Mr Grimshaw asked councillors if they were aware of any possible sites that could potentially be used for parking, even on a temporary basis.
The possibility of using the vacant plot of land opposite the nearby Tesco filling station was suggested, but Cllr Keith Cranney explained that it is currently being investigated by its owners, South Gloucestershire Council, as a possible site for self-build housing. If that did not come to fruition, it was likely that the land would be sold off for residential housing, at a price in the region of £1 million. Cllr Cranney also suggested that residents look into using ‘rent your drive’ schemes, which have become popular recently.
The town council agreed to write to McCarthy & Stone (with a copy also being sent to South Gloucestershire Council).
Photo #1: Brook Court residents’ association representatives David Tovey (left) and Roger Grimshaw.
Photo #2: Brook Court complex viewed from Savages Wood Road.
This article originally appeared in the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,250 homes in Bradley Stoke and Little Stoke.
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