Editor's pick: Flat conversion blocked by limited on-site parking

An appellant's inability to provide three on-site parking spaces has prevented the conversion of an office building in Middlesex to flats under permitted development rights in class J, part 3, schedule 2 of the General Permitted Development Order 1995.

The initial plans showed three parking spaces in-line and not independently accessible, but this was revised to show two spaces of reduced dimensions. The inspector found that the council's requirement for three spaces to serve the flats was justified by the site's poor accessibility by public transport and congestion on nearby roads.

He noted that surveys demonstrated heavy demand for parking in the area and noted that the number of free spaces was limited even at mid morning on a weekday. He was concerned that the lack of parking would exacerbate a problems caused by motorists hunting for a space, undermining highway and pedestrian safety. The proposal conflicted with paragraph N of the order because the parking impact would be severe, he ruled.

Inspector: Kenneth Stone; Written representations


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