Airport parking unnecessary and contrary to strategy

The use of part of a site allocated for employment purposes close to Luton airport in Bedfordshire for off-site passenger car parking was unnecessary and contrary to an adopted transport strategy, an inspector has decided.

The site was capable of accommodating up to 150 vehicles which the council stated was not currently needed and was contrary to the aims of its access strategy which sought to improve the number of people travelling to the airport by bus. This was a laudable objective, the inspector held, and whilst by 2028 there could be a shortage of car parking spaces it was not clear that this deficit was incapable of being met at the airport itself. Allowing parking outside the confines of the airport resulted in additional pressure on the highway network and increased the number of car journeys including the use of premium ‘meet and greet’ services.

Inspector: Hilda Higgenbottam; Hearing

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