Hertsmere residents to have their say on Hertsmere Borough Council's new parking proposals

The number of parking spaces developers have to provide for new housing developments is going to increase in Hertsmere following a revision of the council’s existing policy.

A draft of Hertsmere Borough Council’s updated Car Parking Standards Supplementary Planning Document, which sets out the council’s off-street parking guidelines for new developments, is currently out for consultation.

It has been revised to help address councillors' concerns that not enough parking was being provided at some new developments of flats and larger homes.

Parking standards in Hertsmere have previously been based on the number of bedrooms per property, but the fact that some rooms capable of being used as bedrooms were being described as studies and gyms, meant that developers could technically meet parking standards by showing a reduced number of bedrooms in each plot.

The plans would include requiring six bedroom houses needing five car parking spaces per unit. Houses with additional habitable rooms will need one extra car parking space per habitable room above ground level.

Councillor Harvey Cohen, Planning and Localism Portfolio Holder, said: "We know parking can be an issue for our existing and new residents when new developments are built so we are doing all we can to ensure there is adequate provision. "So if you have a particular view on the subject, please take a moment to read the proposed changes and give us your views."

Comments on the revised off-street parking guidelines should be submitted by January 20 by visiting www.hertsmere.gov.uk/planningconsultations.

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