Parking fear overruled on student hall conversion

The conversion of a building in a Hampshire conservation area to a student hall of residence is unlikely to add significantly to on-street parking demand, an inspector has decided.

The inspector reasoned that the building’s previous use as an NHS mental health clinic, with no restrictions on hours of use, would have generated some parking demand during the day but little in the evening or overnight. The appellant had submitted a unilateral obligation limiting occupation of the premises to students during term time and temporary residential accommodation for no more than two months at other times, and had submitted a draft management plan.

The inspector decided that no more than eight vehicles were likely to be used by students and this would not be disproportionate, the size of the property. He noted that kerbside spaces were available along the frontage and on-site space was proposed. While unconvinced that a net reduction in on-street parking demand could be assured, he decided that the proposal would not increase it so much as to be detrimental to local residents’ amenity.

Inspector: Robert Mellor; Written representations

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