Parking issues scupper plans for needed GP surgery

The change of use of a ward within a community hospital to a GP surgery in a Surrey town was denied when an inspector agreed with the council that the proposal would result in significant parking problems.

The doctors' practice had been seeking new premises for many years to accommodate growing patient numbers, and had plans to expand its 12,000 patient list even further. On a typical day, the surgery would see 46 patients an hour, generating a significant demand for parking. The appellant had put forward a mitigation package including a travel plan and re-configuration of the existing health centre car park plus additional parking in a landscaped area to create significant additional parking capacity.

The highway authority had not objected on the basis that the existing patient numbers were not increased until the additional off-street parking had been provided. However, the inspector found no certainty that the proposed improvements in parking capacity could be achieved in the absence of permissions and details and therefore gave them little weight. Acknowledging the validity of the considerable objection from local residents highlighting the problems of unauthorised parking blocking driveways and pavements, and in the absence of achievable mitigation, the inspector decided harm to living conditions outweighed a significant need for new surgery premises and dismissed the appeal.

Inspector: Jonathon Parsons; Written representations


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