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Off Road Car Parking Guide

Most Councils have developed a set of parking standards to influence the amount of off-street parking for cars, cycles and motorbikes in new and extended developments. This is part of a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) on Vehicle Parking that also contains guidance on parking design, surface materials and layouts.

In setting these standards they have aimed to ensure that there is sufficient off-street parking to:

enable people to have convenient access to services, facilities and employment and thereby support the economy; and

ensure that any additional on-street parking doesn’t pose a threat to road safety or adversely affect existing properties or the wider townscape.

On the other hand, they have also sought to encourage the efficient use of land and for people to leave their cars at home and take public transport, walk or cycle by making these feasible alternatives. These more ‘sustainable’ modes of travel are part of a wider agenda to:

  • tackle traffic congestion;
  • reduce air pollution; and
  • reduce the district’s contribution to climate change from the transport sector.

The standards normally cover new developments (including redevelopments and conversions) for all major land uses.

  


Parking Standards guide

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