Cycle docking station an accepted part of London scene

A cycle hire docking station was allowed in west London, an inspector finding no harm to the visual qualities of adjacent buildings of merit or the living conditions of residents.

The scheme entailed the installation of a terminal and 40 docking points on a footpath. The site was surrounded by large distinctive buildings which were mainly in residential use, the inspector noted, and these included buildings of merit. The modern cycle docking points would be along the back edge of the wide pavement adjacent to a boundary wall. The single 2.4m high terminal would be in the centre of the array of docking points and would display the appellant’s corporate information as well as functioning as the control for locking and releasing bicycles. It would also display maps and other user information.

The inspector considered that such facilities had become an established part of the street scene through London. They would appear as a minor feature overall within the street scene and would not impose on the visually dominant buildings, including the buildings of merit.

The inspector understood that the process of locking and unlocking was efficient and not noisy. He recognised that the facility might attract some more activity into the area but considered that this was unlikely to be late into the night. He reasoned that the facility might be used as an alternative to car use and, if the strategic aims of the scheme which relied upon regularly distributed docking stations were achieved, vehicular traffic and traffic noise might well reduce.

He did not consider that there would be any substantial increase in noise from the installations. The proposal would therefore not have a harmful impact on living conditions in the area.

Inspector Andy Harwood; Written representations

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