Draft: Policies – Parking on New Developments

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  1. All new developments must provide for parking spaces as per the requirements described in the Essex Works publication Parking Standards Design and Good Practice September 2009, including spaces for visitors and delivery vehicles.
  2. All new developments must have provision for electric vehicle charging points at a rate of one point per parking space.
  3. Parking design should efficiently accommodate private and delivery vehicles without compromising the appearance of the street. Parking design must comply with the standards described in the Essex Works Parking Standards Design and Good Practice September 2009, which covers acceptable spaces sizes, layouts and materials.
  4. All driveways must be constructed so as to be porous and ideally with planting.
  5. On developments of densities of 45 or more dwellings per hectare, secure and covered bicycle parking must be provided to allow for at least two bicycles per household.
  6. Bicycle parking design must take reference to layouts and structures detailed in the Essex Works Parking Standards Design and Good Practice” September 2009.


2 comments on “Draft: Policies – Parking on New Developments
  1. Graeme Loudain says:

    “All new developments must have provision for electric vehicle charging points at a rate of one point per parking space.”
    Surely this is a typo? A house with two parking spaces would then have two charging points and so on…
    As electric vehicles can take many hours to charge, parking spaces intended for public or visitors use will be occupied for significant periods of time.

  2. Peter Darton says:

    Re: 1 & 3
    Vehicles are larger than parking spaces typically allow for. Just following official “Good Practise” is no guarantee of parking being adequate (try parking a non-classic car in a modern house’s “garage” – you can’t open the car doors when inside).
    An additional requirement should be that any spaces must be large enough to allow for a typical family car to fully open doors on both sides of the car without risk of collision with neighbouring vehicles/objects.

    Re: 2
    Clarification is required regarding who’s electricity is used for shared parking spaces e.g. for visitors, delivery vehicles etc. It may be more practical to simply specify that private/allocated (non-shared) parking places have provision for electric vehicle charging and that shared parking spaces have no requirement for electric charging.
    Clarification is required regarding the difference between “provision for” and “included in original development” – ensuring that there’s a high-current mains supply available (in a locked, weather-proof/flood-proof container) near the parking point should be sufficient.

    Personally, I would suggest the addition of a recommendation that, where multiple parking places are provisioned, they have independent road access. Two spaces side-by-side is fine; end-to-end is not. Where there’s multiple cars at an address, it’s impractical to have one parked behind the other on a long drive, leading to folks parking on the road in order to avoid constant “car shuffling”.

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