Office conversion parking fears unjustified and unclear

In allowing an appeal seeking prior approval under paragraph J2 of Part 3 to Schedule 2 of the GPDO 1995 for the conversion of offices to five flats in west London, an inspector has determined that the impact of additional on-street parking was acceptable.

The council stated that future occupiers would be able to apply for parking permits which would potentially harm highway safety since they would live in a controlled parking zone. But this ignored the fact that the scheme would provide three on-site parking spaces, the inspector noted, and the fact that businesses in the existing office units could apply for up to 16 parking permits. Converting the premises to five flats would in all probability lead to a reduction of on-street parking demand. Consequently, there were no cogent reasons why future occupiers should be prevented from applying for parking permits and it would not undermine the council’s parking strategy nor lead to an adverse impact on highway safety.

Inspector: Ahsan Ghafoor; Written representations

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