Editor's pick: Operator expected to curb concerns over parking

The conversion of a building in south London to a nursery for up to 60 children has been granted permission, with an inspector concluding that it is a matter for the operator to educate parents on where to park and avoid inconsiderate manoeuvres.

A previous appeal proposing a maximum of 76 children had been dismissed in 2013 on the basis of inadequate parking on and off the site. The appellant had commissioned a new transport assessment, reduced the number of children's places at the premises and proposed a drop-off point and travel plan, but these measures failed to persuade the council that dangerous and illegal parking would not result.

The insoector observed that a significant number of children would be driven to and from the nursery by private car and there was a lack of parking in the immediate vicinity, with yellow lines in front of the premises. However, he remarked that this situation is not uncommon in an urban environment and that a primary school and another nursery operated close by without apparently causing harm to road and pedestrian safety.

Even though the application had been recommended for approval, the inspector refused to make an award of costs against the council. In his view, it had produced adequate evidence to support its decision to go against officer advice.

Inspector: Richard Maile; Written representations

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