Local Plan to 2030 Regulation 19 - Publication June 2016

Comment ID ALP/1772
Document Section Local Plan to 2030 - Publication Draft SITE POLICIES Ashford Urban Area William Harvey Hospital Content View all on this section
Respondent CPRE Kent (Ashford District Co… View all by this respondent
Response Date 10 Aug 2016
Do you consider this part of the document is Sound? No
On which grounds do you consider the document unsound? (if applicable)
  • Not Justified
  • Not Consistent with national policy
Do you consider the Document is Legally Compliant? Yes
Comment

Criteria (d) of the Policy should be amended as follows: ‘Car parking to be provided in accordance with need adopted standards as a minimum, informed by a car parking survey of existing demand’.

Parking at the hospital is a significant issue and is often reported as a significant and harmful problem by visitors, employees and patients. Before progressing with this site there should be a parking survey to determine the existing needs of all users.  In particular there should be sufficient parking for staff at a sensible rate to stop side roads being congested with parked cars.  Car travel is often inevitable for shift workers at hospitals, for whom flexibility is essential, variable working hours are common and working hours can include times when the is no public transport.     Adopted parking standards (also mentioned at para 4.207) are not sufficient.

What changes do you suggest to make the document legally compliant or sound? See comment. It is essential there a parking survey to determine the existing needs of all users. This should be completed before progressing with this site. Criteria d) of the policy and paragraph 4.207 should be amended to read: 'Car parking to be provided in accordance with NEED, informed by a car parking survey of existing demand’.
Do you consider it necessary to participate at the oral part of the examination? Yes
Does your representation relate to an omission site (a site that has not been included). For example a site for Housing, Employment, Travellers, or Local Green Spaces. No
Please supply details of the omission site.
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