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POLICY TR3

Planning permission will be granted for development where the provision for parking accords with the following principles which will be elaborated upon in the form of a Supplementary Planning Document. Proposed development shall:

  1. meet the residual needs of the development for off-street parking, having full regard to the potential for access by means other than the car and to any safety, congestion or amenity impacts of a reliance on parking off-site whether on-street or off-street;
  2. not exceed maximum parking standards adopted by the District Planning Authority unless a need for additional provision is identified in a transport assessment which includes the measures to be taken to minimise the need for parking;
  3. provide for reduced parking provision where requisite, accessibility to jobs, services and facilities exists or will be provided as a result of the development, including any offsite measures;
  4. have regard to travel plans, and transport assessments that will be required for developments that have significant transport implications;
  5. ensure that the approved parking provision is retained for the future where that would be necessary to prevent harm to the safety or free-flow of the highway;
  6. include an adequate number of parking spaces designed and signed for disabled people;
  7. maximise the potential for shared use of car parks and, in particular, not allow large single-user car parks in town centres and other locations where a more efficient use of parking space may be achieved;
  8. include consideration where appropriate to building above retained open car parks and to the re-development of car parks for other purposes if any residual need for parking can be replaced on-site or in a suitable alternative location or if improvements to non-car alternatives will maintain accessibility;
  9. include adequate and secure cycle parking provision;
  10. provide for commuted payments towards providing and/or managing off-site parking, including on-street parking, where this is justified to meet the needs of the development;
  11. be sited so to minimise the visual impact of parked cars, while having regard to necessary security;
  12. have materials, lighting and boundary treatments compatible with the character of the area, larger car parks and those in prominent locations shall incorporate trees and soft landscaping to reduce their impact.
  13. include a suitable turning area where necessary to avoid unacceptably hazardous or obstructive reversing movements on the highway.

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