Spelthorne Local Plan - Preferred Options Consultation: Policies and Site Allocations

Comment ID pol/353
Document Section Spelthorne Local Plan Preferred Options: policies Infrastructure and Delivery Policy ID2: Sustainable Transport for New Developments View all on this section
Respondent Lichfields (Sophie Innes) View all by this respondent
Response Date 21 Jan 2020

While we support the provision of bespoke parking and cycle standards for Staines-upon-Thames, draft
Policy ID2 is overly restrictive in requiring developments to provide vehicle and cycle parking in accordance
with the Council’s Parking SPD. This SPD currently dates from 2011 and is considered to be an outdated
position on car parking provision, particularly as it does not allow for suitable flexibility where sites are
highly sustainable and thus occupiers would be less reliant on the use of a car.

NPPF paragraph 105 sets out that when setting local parking standards, consideration should be made for
the accessibility of the development, the type, mix and use, availability and opportunities for public
transport, local car ownership levels and electric vehicle provision.

Draft Policy ID2 should therefore be amended to allow for flexibility in car parking provision where sites are
in locations that are more accessible to public transport networks, alongside local shops and facilities. This
will also support Spelthorne Council to promote the use of sustainable transport modes and reduce reliance
on car-use in the Borough.

Policy ID2 should therefore be amended as follows:
“b) provision of vehicle parking standards, as set out in the Council’s latest Parking SPD, and the provision
of electric vehicle charging points which are set out in the latest Surrey County Council guidance
(replicated below). Where sites are highly accessible to public transport and local services,
there will be flexibility in applying the parking standards;

3. Development within Staines will be subject to bespoke standards, as set out in the latest Parking SPD, to
take account of the anticipated level of development and provision of sustainable and active travel modes.
A flexible approach to parking standards will be applied where it is demonstrated that sites
are highly sustainable.”

Proposed Change