Decision to be made over Portsmouth parking document

Cllr Luke Stubbs
Cllr Luke Stubbs
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A NEW document guiding developers on the amount of parking they could provide with new buildings could be adopted.

Portsmouth City Council has drawn up a dossier addressing where developers should be including sufficient parking and cycling storage.

The parking standards and transport assessments document would replace the council’s previous parking policy.

While both are similar, the new one would include separate parking standards for sheltered accommodation as opposed to other residential developments.

It also stipulates major schemes should include cabling to charge electric cars.

Major non-commercial schemes would be encouraged to do more.

Councillor Luke Stubbs, the council’s cabinet member for planning, regeneration and economic redevelopment, will decide whether to approve the plan at a meeting tomorrow from 5pm being held in the civic offices.

He admitted that while improvements can be made, parking in Portsmouth is always going to be a problem.

Cllr Stubbs said: ‘The parking provision numbers remain the same, and the old policy did about as much as it could to get developers to provide parking.

‘Major non-commercial schemes will be encouraged to do more, although it’s too late to do anything about Queen Alexandra Hospital and all the problems the lack of parking spaces there cause.’