Overspill parking inconvenient but not harmful

A two storey extension on top of an existing apartment block in a London suburb, to provide nine new duplex apartments, was allowed by an inspector.

The main issue raised in the appeal was the effect development would have on parking conditions and highway safety in an area of high parking stress, and the living conditions of occupiers of dwellings in the vicinity.

Both main parties considered that the proposed apartments would generate a requirement for fifteen spaces. The council considered these should all be provided on site. The appellant advised that not all existing spaces were allocated to occupiers, which would enable some spaces to be provided on-site with any additional requirement being met by existing on-street public parking in the vicinity of the site. They provided evidence of on-street parking capacity for up to 30 cars.

Distinguishing between inconvenience to residents arising from competition for on-street spaces and material harm, and finding no evidence of compromise to highway safety if the council’s maximum parking standards were not met on-site, the inspector concluded the benefit of the additional housing clearly outweighed the effect on existing occupiers’ parking convenience and allowed the appeal.

Inspector: Geoff Underwood; Written representations

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