Parking stress claim by gym use rejected on technical grounds

The change of use of two floors of vacant office space in west London to a gym was approved after the appellant's highway consultants had agreed various matters with the council's transportation team.

The appellant’s transport statement concluded that the proposed use was likely to generate a small increase in the overall number of trips and during a typical weekday would not exceed the 16 car parking spaces on site. Nonetheless, the council asserted that between the hours of 5pm to 11pm the gym would add to on-street parking pressure to the detriment of highway safety.

A considerable amount of discussion had occurred between the appellant’s consultants and the council’s transport engineers, an Inspector noted. The latter agreed that it would not give rise to a severe highway impact and that the site was accessible by a choice of means of transport. It was not unreasonable to assume that gym users would walk 200 metres to the site enabling them to park safely on nearby streets which had adequate capacity, the Inspector ruled. The appeal was allowed.

Inspector: M Seaton; Written representations

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