Replacement church increase traffic and parking risks

The redevelopment of a church in south east London to provide an improved facility would undermine highway safety by increasing the level of on-street parking.

The scheme would lead to an increase in the congregational capacity from 350 to 400 with a maximum capacity of approximately 530. Although the site was located in an area with good public transport accessibility and around 35% of attendees travelled by public transport the church relied on a nearby school for car parking provision. Should this arrangement be cancelled then significant parking stress would result on local streets and a travel plan provided only minimal information on how this could be addressed. The absence of a binding agreement between the church and the school meant the scheme was unacceptable.

Inspector: G Rollings; Written representations

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