‘Bonkers’ rules over parking are dropped

Published on: 28 Aug 2013

MORE parking spaces will be required on new housing developments in South Gloucestershire following an overhaul of ‘bonkers’ planning rules.

The council has agreed new ‘residential parking standards’ after consulting the public and developers.

Spaces have been limited since 2001 in an effort to encourage people to use public transport rather than private cars.

But people still bought cars and on some new estates had nowhere to park them, which led to problems for emergency vehicles and buses.

South Gloucestershire Council has changes its guidelines after Communities Secretary Eric Pickles MP, changed national planning rules so that local authorities could set limits that would be right for their areas.

Councillor Colin Hunt (Con, Emersons Green), who chairs South Gloucestershire’s Development Control East Committee, has been campaigning to make the parking rules more generous and has welcomed the changes.

He said: “The old bonkers rules were based on the crazy belief that you can somehow force people to limit the number of cars they own by limiting their access to parking spaces.

A copy of the council’s new rules can be found online: http://moderngov/documents/s36005/Resi%20Parking.a1.pdf

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