New legislation will increase the number of parking spaces for new homes

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First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

Bushey politicians have welcomed new council legislation to increase the number of parking spaces provided with new housing developments.

Hertsmere Borough Council has revised its Car Parking Standards Supplementary Planning Document, which sets out the council’s off-street parking guidelines for new developments. 

The new policy came into effect last week, following a consultation process. 

It has been revised to help address concerns that not enough parking was being provided at some new developments in the borough. 

Bushey North councillor Leslie Winters welcomed the move, saying that the lack of parking had become a safety issue as well as an inconvenience.

He said: "The reason this has been brought in is because there is no parking facilities on the road any more.

"I’ve seen mothers with prams having to walk in the road because people are so badly parked on the pavement.

"Parking is just not available. Without parking facilities people just park on the road. With one of the roads in my ward, there’s one way traffic either way because there are so many people parked up."

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

Councillor Harvey Cohen, portfolio holder for planning and localism, said: "We know parking can be an issue for our existing and new residents when new developments are built so these revisions aim to ensure we are doing all we can to ensure there is adequate provision."

Councillor Winters continued that developments in the pipeline may have to change their plans to fit the new policy.

He said plans to build a new residential care home on Bushey Hall Road, which has raised dozens of objections from residents, may be put on hold.

He said: "On Bushey Hall Road, there are zero parking facilities. And now there is the planning application for the residential home there. I am so pleased we have this new law, it may put a block on having it done."

 

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8:49pm Sun 3 Aug 14

RogerF says...

about time, this is needed in Watford! given it take 2 incomes to afford most flats there should be two car parking spots!
about time, this is needed in Watford! given it take 2 incomes to afford most flats there should be two car parking spots! RogerF
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12:11am Mon 4 Aug 14

D_Penn says...

It's frustrating how often a solution to an issue is only put in place years after it was needed. It frequently takes locals forever before they are listened to.

What we need are smarter politicians with foresight, not hindsight, then maybe we might avoid problems rather than trying to fix them.

This change comes far too late to alleviate the nightmare parking problems that so many have to suffer. It's better than nothing, but many would be right to ask what are the council going to do to rectify the problems that already exist because of their past lack of vision?
It's frustrating how often a solution to an issue is only put in place years after it was needed. It frequently takes locals forever before they are listened to. What we need are smarter politicians with foresight, not hindsight, then maybe we might avoid problems rather than trying to fix them. This change comes far too late to alleviate the nightmare parking problems that so many have to suffer. It's better than nothing, but many would be right to ask what are the council going to do to rectify the problems that already exist because of their past lack of vision? D_Penn
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1:02am Mon 4 Aug 14

LSC says...

My goodness! Hertsmere appear to have clawed their way up as far as 'common sense'. Now they have reached that level, anything could happen.
My goodness! Hertsmere appear to have clawed their way up as far as 'common sense'. Now they have reached that level, anything could happen. LSC
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7:59am Mon 4 Aug 14

Phil Cox (UKIP) says...

UKIP were alone in proposing this policy for Watford in the local elections in May.

Although we lost to the LibDevelopers party it is good to see our common sense policies being introduced elsewhere in a rare outbreak of common sense.

Meanwhile, here in Watford the dotty development machine continues to build ever more flats with no or inadequate parking provision.

What is it about the LibDems and Labour that they do not have the common sense to do the same as Hertsmere?
UKIP were alone in proposing this policy for Watford in the local elections in May. Although we lost to the LibDevelopers party it is good to see our common sense policies being introduced elsewhere in a rare outbreak of common sense. Meanwhile, here in Watford the dotty development machine continues to build ever more flats with no or inadequate parking provision. What is it about the LibDems and Labour that they do not have the common sense to do the same as Hertsmere? Phil Cox (UKIP)
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8:46am Mon 4 Aug 14

Cuetip says...

RogerF wrote:
about time, this is needed in Watford! given it take 2 incomes to afford most flats there should be two car parking spots!
Absolutely and this couldn't careless obsession - by the out of touch fools - with removing the ability of hard pressed workers to have a car blocks their career pathways particularly as many work places require employees to work flexible hours and be footloose.
[quote][p][bold]RogerF[/bold] wrote: about time, this is needed in Watford! given it take 2 incomes to afford most flats there should be two car parking spots![/p][/quote]Absolutely and this couldn't careless obsession - by the out of touch fools - with removing the ability of hard pressed workers to have a car blocks their career pathways particularly as many work places require employees to work flexible hours and be footloose. Cuetip
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9:40am Mon 4 Aug 14

garston tony says...

I may be wrong but I seem to remember that it was the previous national Labour government that tried to make it policy to limit the number of parking spaces in new developments as they wanted to encourage people to use public transport. Another one of their great ideas
I may be wrong but I seem to remember that it was the previous national Labour government that tried to make it policy to limit the number of parking spaces in new developments as they wanted to encourage people to use public transport. Another one of their great ideas garston tony
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12:35pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Paul Gadd says...

Someone's finally realised when there are more parking wardens than spaces......there's a problem

Welcome to the real world Hertsmere!
Someone's finally realised when there are more parking wardens than spaces......there's a problem Welcome to the real world Hertsmere! Paul Gadd
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