New thinking aims to make parking a success in new developments

Philip Rust, technical director at transport consultancy Waterman Boreham believes there is currently a rift between the quantity of parking that developers think they need and the widespread public policy that restricting parking per se is a good thing. Planners must balance the need for parking against the commercial viability of a development and the social and demographic influences. In certain situations, creating extra parking is appropriate while in other situations it is not. Taking a long-term perspective, the article looks at the changing patterns of car usage, bearing in mind environmental implications. The sustainability advantages of living in a large urban area are highlighted including the advantages of developing on the outskirts of existing urban areas, rather than developing smaller urban areas or starting from scratch. Nowadays children are more aware of environmental issues and older people are becoming increasingly attracted to urban living. So people are increasingly likely to buy into a non car-using lifestyle if their living arrangements permit. New thinking from the supermarkets on car parking is summarised in an inset, and includes information about new policies which go for smaller car parks, under-store parking and the provision of flats above the store.


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  • Pagination: 14-15
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  • Accession Number: 01146962
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 24 2009 8:32AM