Up to 110,000 homes could be delivered if just 15% of public sector-owned car parks in England were converted to residential use, Knight Frank said last year in a report commissioned by MHCLG. And the report identified that 91% of those car parks are within five minutes’ walk of another car park, suggesting that converting them would not cause unreasonable parking difficulties.
And yet, in London, a planning application to deliver a build-to-rent scheme of 162 homes, including 40% affordable, was turned down last month. Although tenure mix and other issues featured, the loss of 292 car parking spaces was cited as a key reason for the refusal. That was despite evidence that 99% of car park users loived close to bus routes, other railway stations or within walking and cycling distance of the site. Elsewhere in London, another scheme was rejected despite preserving two-thirds of car parking spaces. So are car parks part of the solution to the housing crisis, or is car parking too valuable to sacrifice for homes?
Join this webinar to discover:
- What makes car parks so attractive for development, in principle?
- Where car parks have been successfully converted, what lessons can be learned?
- When plans have been refused, what are the main obstacles and how might they be overcome?
- How are climate emergency policies influencing planning decisions?
• Samuel Blake, Partner for Transport and Infrastructure, Montagu Evans
• Patricia Cazes-Potgieter, Commercial Development Planning Manager, Transport for London
• Rebecca Cunningham, Programme Manager, Group Property, Network Rail
• Cllr Steve Curran, Leader, Hounslow Council
• Cllr Simon Miller, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Housing Development, Waltham Forest Council