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Parking restrictions could be disastrous

PUBLISHED: 22:00 13 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:01 03 March 2010

IDEAS for curtailing parking on a Kesgrave estate could lead to disaster, councillors have warned.

A supplementary planning guidance from Suffolk Coastal District Council has given recommendations for maximum amounts of parking on new developments, such as the Grange Farm estate.

IDEAS for curtailing parking on a Kesgrave estate could lead to disaster, councillors have warned.

A supplementary planning guidance from Suffolk Coastal District Council has given recommendations for maximum amounts of parking on new developments, such as the Grange Farm estate.

But at a meeting, Kesgrave councillors warned that the paper had underestimated the number of cars people have and how much they are used, which will give rise to more on-street parking.

The paper recommends that a house with two or more bedrooms with group parking areas should be given one space per household.

Houses with garages are allowed to have two spaces, including the garage but a street would only be allowed to have an average of one and a half spaces between them.

Council clerk Veronica Read, said at the meeting of the town council: "This means that some houses will have two spaces and others will have only one.

"That will mean more on-street parking, but the council believe that if you provide someone with a car parking space they are more likely to use a car rather than public transport."

Henry Ferguson, project consultant for the council, added that the recommended spaces were also a maximum allowance and the case might arise where there were even less spaces.

Already in the evenings and at weekends, on-street parking has caused a slalom effect in the town and councillors fear the new planning guidance will make matters worse.

There are real fears that unless developers make the roads wider, emergency vehicles will not be able to get through.


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