Bradley Stoke Town Council has agreed to investigate an option for providing ‘pay car parking’ in the centre of Bradley Stoke after being approached by residents of the Brook Court ‘later living’ apartment complex, where there is an acknowledged shortage of parking spaces.
Roger Grimshaw, secretary of the residents’ association at Brook Court, originally approached the town council back in January, pointing out that there are only 18 spaces available for the 50 apartments at the Savages Wood site.
Concerns about inadequate parking at the development were raised by town councillors and local residents at the planning application stage, 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 residents would result in a low level of car ownership.
But with 16 residents said to be on a waiting list for reserved parking spaces at Brook Court, McCarthy & Stone has now admitted underestimating demand, saying it had “bucked the trend” for its developments across the country. In a letter to the town council, the company said it was “disappointed with the outcome at Brook Court” and, as a consequence, has enhanced the number of parking spaces being provided at two newer schemes in Yate and Chipping Sodbury.
Although a number of residents of Brook Court are currently receiving financial assistance to rent spaces in the car park of the nearby Three Brooks public house, this help is expected to be withdrawn next summer.
Speaking at the May meeting of the town council’s Planning Committee, Mr Grimshaw once again asked if the council could in any way support the concept of ‘pay parking’ in Bradley Stoke and asked if the vacant piece of land opposite the Tesco filling station might be used for this purpose.
Councillors noted that this parcel of land is in the ownership of South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) and has now been earmarked for housing after plans to construct a health centre on the site were abandoned by the NHS some years ago. However, the situation is complicated by the fact that access to the site would have to be from Hornbeam Close rather than from the entrance road into the Willow Brook Centre.
It was, however, pointed out that residents of Hornbeam Close might also welcome the provision of additional parking, as they also suffer from an underprovision of reserved spaces.
Mr Grimshaw urged councillors to support his proposal, saying it could generate a useful revenue stream for SGC while a housing developer was being sought for the vacant site.
He added that he expected McCarthy & Stone to “put their hands in their pocket” to help implement his idea.
The committee unanimously agreed to write to SGC, asking them to “consider using the site constructively, as car parking provision for Brook Court and other residents of Bradley Stoke, even if it is only as a temporary measure”.
Photo: Vacant land opposite the Tesco filling station.
This article originally appeared in the June 2014 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,450 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.
Photo: Brook Court residents David Tovey and Roger Grimshaw (right) in the car park of the McCarthy & Stone ‘later living’ apartment complex in Savages Wood Road, Bradley Stoke.
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