Office conversion agreed with parking permit restriction

The conversion of an office building in Kent under Part J of Part 3 to Schedule 2 of the GPDO 1995 to 85 residential units was approved with a condition being imposed requiring details to be submitted restricting the ability of future residents to apply for a parking permit.

The site had a high public transport accessibility rating but the council alleged that the provision of only 23 on-site spaces would lead to parking stress and increased pressure for residents to apply for parking permits within a restricted zone. It also claimed that a parking survey undertaken by the appellant was defective and unrepresentative.

Since the majority of the units would be studio and one-bedroom flats they were unlikely to be attractive to families and therefore the number of people likely to own a car would be less, the inspector held. The site was also highly accessible and the council’s highway officers raised no objections. Subject to conditions preventing residents from applying for parking permits and reserving one space so that a car club could operate, the appeal was allowed.

Inspector: Michael Lowe; Written representations

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