Casebook: Appeal case - Housing: new build - Parking standards lowered for accessible site

A proposal for 12 two-bedroom apartments on a site near Basingstoke town centre has been permitted despite local planning authority fears that car parking provision would be inadequate.

The appellants proposed to provide one car parking space per unit. The council pointed out that this fell short of the one-and-a-half spaces required for two-bedroom residential units. It claimed that this under-provision would inevitably add to on-street parking pressure.

The inspector noted that the on-street parking pressures stemmed from students attending a nearby college and measures were being taken to resolve this problem. Given the appeal site's location on a pedestrian route into the town centre and good public transport links, she decided that the scheme was acceptable.

DCS No: OT100-044-814; Inspector: Linda Wride; Inquiry.

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