Redevelopment for flats accepted despite highways objection and conflict with standards

Redevelopment to 32 self-contained flats from a former public house in a residential area of east London was approved despite a Highways Authority objection, poor PTAL rating and unmet minimum parking standards.

One of the main issues in the case was that of highway safety with particular respect to meeting parking standards. The inspector considered that although the site was in a Public Transport Accessibility Area (PTAL) rated "poor", accessibility of bus services to nearby centres was good. Equally, whilst some facilities were available nearby, other day to day needs were not catered for.

The site required 1.5 to 2 vehicle parking spaces (vps) per unit to accord with local policy, but only provided 1.1 vps/unit. The council and Highways Authority argued that this would lead to overspill of parking on to adjoining streets detrimental to highway safety.

In the planning balance, the inspector agreed with the apellant who evidenced sufficient capacity for overspill parking on adjoining streets without detriment to highway safety along with low car ownership rates in the area and the fact that the parking standards were set as maximum standards. The inspector felt that the any harmful impacts would not be so severe as to refuse the scheme in an area of housing shortfall.

Inspector: Caroline Mullroy; Written Representations

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