The Parking Standards Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) Review was adopted on 20th June 2012. The SPD was prepared as part of the Council’s Local Development Framework and supersedes the 2007 version. Parking levels should now be calculated on the basis of the new standards contained within this reviewed document. The previous SPD needed revision to cater for expected parking levels for residential development and as a result of changes to national and local legislation.
Over the past two years, we have gathered evidence about car parking and car ownership across the Borough to identify the issues that this document should respond to. A series of surveys were undertaken to help provide a more accurate picture of the existing situation and two periods of consultation were undertaken on the draft SPD in the Autumn of 2010 and in January – February 2012. The results of the surveys were compiled in a report produced by Phil Jones Associates which is available to download below, and the representations received on the consultation, plus the Council’s responses to them are contained in the Consultation Statement which is also available below.
The results of the surveys and the comments received were used to finalise the report which was presented to Cabinet on 20th June 2012 with a recommendation for approval to adopt. This final adopted document can be viewed below.
This SPD is based on local circumstances and it is in conformity with the Core Strategy for the Black Country and the NPPF. It sets out a policy approach which moves away from the residential minimum standards approach advocated in previous policy documents. The SPD aims to ensure that parking provision in new development is designed to meet expected demand whilst making the most efficient use of land and maintaining the principles of sustainable development.
You may view a paper copy of the SPD at the address below or at any of the main libraries across the Borough.
If you have any questions regarding the process of adopting the SPD or any queries upon the content of the document, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Local development framework timetable