Ardent was appointed to prepare a Transport Assessment, Flood Risk Assessment and Foul & Surface Water Drainage Strategies to support the full planning application to redevelop the western part of the HRC site at Ware to provide 49 dwellings. Despite officer recommendation for approval of the application, it was refused by East Herts District Council members on 2 grounds, including inadequate car parking provision, resulting in a planning appeal being heard at a Public Inquiry.
One of Ardent’s Directors prepared and gave evidence as an expert witness on parking provision, which was tested through cross-examination by EHDC’s barrister. This demonstrated that the site was in close proximity to services In the town, adjacent to a bus stop served by a number of routes, and to a mainline railway station, and considering the provision against EHDC’s adopted maximum standards and the scope for this to be reduced in highly accessible locations. In addition, Census car ownership data by dwelling type, tenure and size for the local area was obtained to show that the proposed number of spaces was adequate to accommodate anticipated demand from residents and their visitors. Issues of traffic impact and highway safety raised by local residents were also addressed.
The evidence submitted led the Inspector to allow the appeal, concluding that the level of parking was in accordance with EHDC’s standards and so adequate for this location.