Media release - issued 21 Nov 2017

Cabinet approves new car and cycle parking standards

Rushmoor Borough Council's Cabinet has approved new planning guidance that will ensure developers adopt improved standards for car and cycle parking.

The Cabinet, meeting on November 14, agreed a new Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) following consultation with local residents and organisations earlier this year. It is now included in the Rushmoor Local Plan, which sets out how Aldershot, Farnborough and North Camp might be developed up until 2032.

The main changes for developers are that:

  • Cycle parking facilities should be easy to find and as close to entrances as possible
  • Accommodation for mobility scooters should be secure, weatherproof and accessible
  • For new developments garages will no longer be counted as parking spaces
  • As cars get wider, parking spaces will need to be wider for new developments
  • In town centres there will be a minimum standard of parking but this should not prevent the re-use of existing buildings

The adoption of the new (SPD) follows a review of the council's current car and cycle parking standards, which were agreed back in April 2012.

The policy is based on government guidance that encourages councils to develop parking policies for commercial and residential developments which take into account the growth of car ownership, but balance this against the importance of promoting good design and the efficient use of land.

The new parking standard applies to new developments and where planning applications are made to change existing residential and commercial buildings.

Councillor Martin Tennant, Rushmoor Borough Council's Cabinet member for Environment and Service Delivery, said: "Enabling new housing and supporting business growth is important for the borough but making sure there is enough suitable parking alongside new development is critical.

"The Cabinet are happy that the new standards strike the right balance."

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