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  • Refurbish/Develop

    Planning with no parking

    Hi guys it’s my first time posting here but I love reading all the topics as I look to continue my property journey. I have a Garage (vehicle workshop) that I own outright. The house next door is for sale and I would like to purchase this and develop into six flats. The issue is I have no parking other than on street. Does anyone have any experience of getting planning through without parking? I’ve completed a pre ap and they have said they would want 1 parking spot per dwelling. My argument is that as a garage at the minute there is lots of cars around and on the street and we will be improving he area. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    Hi,

    Some local authorities will allow developments without parking, typically where they are centrally located and/or very well served by public transport. If they have stated in the preapp that they want one space per unit then you will need to come up with some strong arguments why that need not apply in your situation. I would also look creatively at whether there are ways you could accommodate parking in the development, or even secure permanent parking access offsite (but nearby). Also think about what will be sellable...if you were to succeed in getting planning consent for a development without parking, what will the impact be on sale values/demand? In some areas there may still be strong demand, but in others the lack of parking will hit sale values really hard.

    Best,

    Guy
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    Guy Brown
    Blue Infinity Property Group
    M 07791-661491 | T 0118 3360366 | E guy@blueinfinityproperty.com<script data-cfhash='f9e31' type="text/javascript">/* http://www.blueinfinityproperty.com

    * New build residential developments and flat conversions in the Home Counties
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    Hi guy

    Thanks for your response, I’ve been doing some further work on this and have managed to source 6 permit parking spots in a car park 30 meters across the road. They are not permanent though. Do you think it will be enough?

    The property at the minute is a busy working garage and it is in a terrace house area all of which use on street parking. We were hoping to argue that our development would reduce the amount of cars on the road not add to them

    Any further advice would be very gratefully received 

    Thanks

    Tom
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    IMO they will want guaranteed offstreet parking unless you have a VERY good reason.

    Temporary will not meet the condition.

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    Hi Tom,

    In terms of planning consent, as noted in other responses, any offsite parking provision would need to be a permanent arrangement. In event you went down a route of reduced or no parking, you might be able to offset any loss of appeal of units when it came to selling/renting by highlighting the local options for parking space hire. In some locations proposing car share/car club spaces can be acceptable to planners. If you are going to go for reduced or no parking it might be worth considering hiring a transport consultant to clearly articulate the supporting arguments backed up by hard data.

    I would have a chat with a selection of local agents to gauge what impact they think car parking (or lack of) will have on saleability...both sale time frames and sale values.

    Best,

    Guy
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    Guy Brown
    Blue Infinity Property Group
    M 07791-661491 | T 0118 3360366 | E guy@blueinfinityproperty.com<script data-cfhash='f9e31' type="text/javascript">/* http://www.blueinfinityproperty.com

    * New build residential developments and flat conversions in the Home Counties
    * High end HMOs in Reading and Bracknell

    As Guy says, how near is the property to railway stations and bus stops etc?

    You might not need to provide any car parking - just secure bicycle storage - if well served by public transport.

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