Lack of buses justifies office car park extension

Poor public transport provision has persuaded an inspector to approve ten extra parking spaces at an office on the edge of a Devon town.

The appeal site fell within the confines of the town but lay in a peripheral location at an industrial site on its rural edge. To meet local plan and NPPF requirements, the inspector regarded it as important that the proposal would not have an unacceptable impact on local roads. The evidence suggested to him that local bus networks did not offer a level of service that offered a reliable method of transport for staff.

He was not convinced that the council had substantiated its concerns that the extra spaces would lead to more vehicle trips to and from the site or that delivery vehicles would be restricted in manoeuvrability. No highway safety objections had been raised by any statutory consultee, he remarked. Citing advice in paragraph 80 of the NPPF that planning decisions should help create conditions in which businesses can invest, expand and adapt, he concluded that the proposal would not lead to an unsustainable form of development.

Inspector:Christopher Tivey; Written representations


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