DC Casebook: Householder development - Second access held to set bad precedent

An appellant's aspiration to build a second vehicular access to serve a house in west London has been thwarted by a ruling that it would undermine pedestrian and highway safety.

The appeal site lay on the North Circular Road. The appellant sought to build a new access onto the road, widen an existing pedestrian access and create a hardstanding area. He claimed that the existing access only allowed one car to be parked clear of the footpath and extra space was required, given parking restrictions in the area.

The inspector decided that the existing access could accommodate two carefully positioned cars. Council supplementary planning guidance stipulated that only one access should be provided per home to minimise highway conflicts and maintain safety, he noted. Any rise in turning movements onto the trunk road would be likely to affect free traffic flow and threaten highway safety, he held.

The appellant's desire to have space to park three cars was not of overriding weight, he ruled. He voiced concern that allowing the appeal would set a dangerous precedent by encouraging other householders to apply for similar schemes. He also reasoned that if the existing access limited parking on the forecourt to two cars, it could be seen as supporting national and local objectives in shifting travel choices to more sustainable modes.

DCS Number 100-058-353

Inspector Ian Broyd; Hearing.

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