Parking stress

An inspector has deleted planning conditions prohibiting the occupiers of five flats in south-west London from applying for parking permits, giving weight to a parking survey undertaken by the appellants (DCS Number 400-021-138).

In cases like this it is worth remembering that highway authorities and planning authorities might only have the resources to take a broad-brush approach to dealing with parking congestion. As an appellant, therefore, detailed analysis of a situation can reap rewards.

The council said the area suffered significant on-street car parking stress, the inspector recorded. Nevertheless, he noted that he had been presented with little specific and substantive evidence from the council to demonstrate that this was the case. The appellant, on the other hand, had undertaken parking surveys on two days during the working week in May 2018, and two days during the working week in October 2018. The surveys were conducted at night when there would be the normal maximum on-street overnight car parking demand. The results showed that at these times, within a reasonable walking distance of the appeal site, in the region of 70 per cent of the parking spaces were taken, and in the road itself the figure ranged from 61-65 per cent of spaces taken. The council had not provided any detailed information to dispute the survey methodology or the survey findings, the inspector remarked, and therefore he attributed them substantial weight.

The inspector reasoned that, in all likelihood, were the disputed conditions to be removed, and residents able to apply for permits and then park their cars, there would be an adequate number of car parking spaces available in the vicinity of the site to accommodate them. Deleting the conditions, he concluded that there would not be an unacceptable increase in parking stress in the locality or a material effect on the amenities of local residents.

Section 10.433 of DCP Online provides further information on parking congestion.