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Car-Free Housing proposed policies

Car Free Housing policies (SPD 14 October 2016)

see pages 6 & 7 of The Council's parking standards 

Car Free Housing Car free housing relates to housing developments where occupants do not have access to car parking and are precluded from applying for a residents parking permit within a CPZ. Brighton & Hove has relatively low car ownership levels compared to other UK towns and cities and the idea of not owning a car is quite familiar to many people working and living in the city.

Across the city, proposals are considered for residential schemes where residential units do not have an allocated parking space. In some cases there will be a lower number of spaces than units (e.g. 90 flats, 10 spaces); in other cases there will be no vehicular parking proposed. This is allowed for through the maximum parking standards.

When applications are considered for developments which do not provide on-site parking to address the demand they may create, the impact of potential overspill parking needs to be considered. These impacts may include localised increases in demand for on-street parking which can cause highway safety risks and can have a negative impact upon the amenity of existing residents in the vicinity of the site, as competition for on-street spaces in a particular area may increase.

Furthermore, a control over the parking which may occur outside the site (on-street) may encourage the use of sustainable transport modes and meet the wider strategic objectives set out policy CP9 of the City Plan. In addition to the potential transport and air quality benefits that car free housing brings there are wider advantages as developers can provide higher densities as the land set aside for parking can be used to provide additional floor space or enhancements to amenity space within developments.

Where residential development is proposed, within CPZs in the city, the City Council may restrict future occupants’ eligibility for residents parking permits subject to the considerations below. Each development will be assessed on a case by case basis and car free housing will be approved having regard of the following relevant factors:

• Scale of development (number of units)

• Type of development (unit types and sizes)

• Sustainability of location / accessibility to sustainable transport modes and local services

• Capacity for on-street parking in the immediate vicinity of the site and in the surrounding area. This should be demonstrated by the applicant through an on- street parking survey

• The level of vehicular parking which is proposed on site (if any)

Outside of the CPZ’s, the Local Planning Authority will usually not be in a position to control overspill parking associated with proposed developments. In such locations, the applicant will be required to demonstrate the likely parking demand associated with the proposed development; the capacity for on-street parking in the immediate vicinity of the site and in the surrounding area; and any mitigation measures which are proposed as part of the supporting case for the planning application.

see pages 6 & 7 of The Council's parking standards SPD 14 October 2016

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