Appellants resist increase in retirement flat parking

A Buckinghamshire council's requirement for 34 parking spaces to serve 46 retirement apartments has been overruled after an inspector decided that it was not based on an objective assessment of likely demand.

The council asserted that paragraph 105 of the NPPF, which lists the criteria to be taken into account in devising local parking standards, provided a basis for assessing parking levels for the proposed development. In response, the appellant quoted survey data from eight sites across the South East showing that average parking demand was materially below the level of parking proposed on the appeal site.

The inspector held that paragraph 109 of the NPPF did not apply because it related to plan-making, not development management. In his opinion, the 24 spaces proposed accorded with a county-wide parking requirement and would not lead to unsafe highway conditions. He also judged that the scale, mass and height of the proposed building, comprising a mixture of two and three-storey elements, would not be out of character with its edge of town centre location nor adversely affect nearby residents’ privacy or living conditions.

Inspector: George Baird; Inquiry

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