Warwick District Council has developed a set of parking standards to influence the amount of off-street parking for cars, cycles and motorbikes in new developments. This is part of a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) on Vehicle Parking that also contains guidance on parking design, surface materials and layouts.
In setting these standards we have aimed to ensure that there is sufficient off-street parking to:
- enable people to have convenient access to services, facilities and employment and thereby support the economy; and
- ensure that any additional on-street parking doesn’t pose a threat to road safety or adversely affect existing properties or the wider townscape.
On the other hand, we have also sought to encourage the efficient use of land and for people to leave their cars at home and take public transport, walk or cycle by making these feasible alternatives. These more ‘sustainable’ modes of travel are part of a wider agenda to:
- tackle traffic congestion;
- reduce air pollution; and
- reduce the district’s contribution to climate change from the transport sector.
The standards cover new developments (including redevelopments and conversions) for all major land uses.
Adopting the SPD
The final version of the Vehicle Parking Standards SPD was approved by the Council's Executive on the 22nd October 2007. The Council formally adopted the SPD on 16th November 2007. A copy of the SPD, Adoption Statement, Background Documents and Final Sustainability Appraisal are available to download below:
Preparing the SPD
Prior to preparing the draft SPD, the Council prepared a questionnaire on parking which was circulated during November and December 2006. A report analysing the findings of this questionnaire was prepared by the County Council and issued in February 2007. You can download the Report of Parking Questionnaire (344kb, PDF).
The Council approved the Draft Vehicle Parking Standards SPD (347kb, PDF) in March 2007, which was made available for public comment between 10th April and 21st May 2007. A Statement of SPD Matters (19kb, PDF) was also prepared.
Also, as part of its work in developing the SPD, the Council has undertaken a Sustainability Appraisal. The purpose of this is to assess the potential impacts of the SPD on environmental, economic and social objectives. As the first stage of this work, a Scoping Report (1.2MB, PDF) was prepared in November 2006. Please note the large file size which may take a few moments to download. Alongside the Draft SPD, a Draft Sustainability Appraisal (986kb, PDF) was prepared.
Contact and Purchasing Information
Any queries relating to the SPD should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Planning Policy Team on (01926) 456331.
To purchase a copy of the SPD, please send a cheque for £5 (or £5.50 including postage & packing) made payable to Warwick District Council to Claire Parlett, Planning Dept, Warwick District Council, PO Box 2178, Riverside House, Leamington Spa, CV32 5QH
Other parking information
Information on Decriminalised Parking Enforcement within Warwick District and other general parking issues is available at: www.warwickdc.gov.uk/parking
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