The topic of parking features in the Haslemere Design Statement (HDS)

The Draft Consultation document for The Haslemere Design Statement has many references to parking but no reference to the design of parking meters.

The deadline for consultation is Sunday 26th February. That is less than three weeks before the next Local Committee on 18th March 2012 when the parking proposals for Haslemere will be discussed.

This is the aim of the design statement:

The overall aim of the Haslemere Design Statement (HDS) is to produce a set of Design Guidelines to be adopted by Waverley Borough Council (WBC) as a material consideration when planning applications are considered for the Haslemere area.

Here are some of the references to parking in the design statement:

Open Spaces Design Guidelines: Introduce tree planting to break up large areas of car parking

 Transport and Access Design Guidelines: Road, footpath, parking and landscape design should relate to the existing surrounding features in terms of layout, features and surface finishes

Transport and Access Design Guidelines: Parking spaces and garages should be integrated with the building design

Design and Architecture Design Guidelines: There is adequate off-street parking

Design and Architecture Design Guidelines: All new development should provide adequate off-street parking

Design and Architecture Design Guidelines: Where front gardens are used for car parking, solid paving should be kept to an absolute minimum and permeable materials should be used

Design and Architecture Design Guidelines: Encourage irregular shaped car parking areas interspersed with features, structures and planting and with innovative surface treatments. Large monolithic regular car parking areas devoid of planting and features of interest should be avoided.

Design and Architecture Design Guidelines: Large monolithic regular car parking areas devoid of planting and features of interest should be avoided.

Design and Architecture Design Guidelines: Residents should be encouraged to incorporate some landscaping into parking provision on front garden space, to maintain a green aspect in the street scene

 Design and Architecture Design Guidelines: Off-street parking surfaces should conform to RHS guidelines

 Haslemere, South of Town Centre: Traffic and parking are issues, due to proximity of the heavily-used railway station, especially in Longdene Road, Courts Hill and Courts Mount Roads

Haslemere North of Town Centre: Traffic issues at the eastern end of Derby Road and top of Church Road with school-related traffic for St Bartholomew?s Primary School and commuter parking

Haslemere North of Town Centre: High Lane Estate – car parking is an issue

Grayswood: Many enclosed front gardens have been opened up for parking (Grayswood)

Shottermill and Critchmere: Two of the main Haslemere car parks, both of which are heavily used for commuter parking and by shoppers

Kings Road is a part of Haslemere which has seen quite significant change in the last twenty to thirty years: Severely affected by commuter parking and those using it as a shortcut. “Sleeping policemen” / platforms have been incorporated. These have reduced the traffic speed but not the volume.

To the south of Wey Hill lies the 1950s Local Authority housing development of Sunbrow, Dale View and Sickle Mill. It exhibits many of the characteristics of that time…These are another Local Authority development. It consists of semi-detached homes and flats of brick, tile and concrete on a relatively spacious layout with ample parking.

2 comments for “The topic of parking features in the Haslemere Design Statement (HDS)

  1. AndrewLoves
    14/02/2012 at 10:43

    I am Professional Designer, I work predominately within the built environment and am often involved in the design of the streetscapes of major cities, even countries.

    I am shocked and flabbergasted to find that that the parking meters and Multi-story carkpark does not even receive a few paragraphs in the draft consultation of the Haslemere Design Statement?

    FACT: The Multi-story carkpark will become the largest structure in Haslemere!

    I have the strong view that the parking meters and other street clutter and should be covered under the Haslemere Design Statement, particularly as we celebrate the design of the ‘Penfold’ Post box coming from Haslemere. http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1044643

    It is noted that any comments on the Haslemere Design Statement must be submitted before Sunday 26th February – this probably explains why the parking consultation is being rushed through, before the Haslemere Design Statement is finalised.

    It feels like someone has DELIBERATELY EXCLUDED a whole section on parking meters and multi-story carkpark to avoid any difficult discussions?

  2. Editor
    26/02/2012 at 16:20

    Yesterday, Haslemere Deputy Mayor, Cyndy Lancaster, asked me to write this comment on her behalf regarding the issue of parking and the Haslemere Design Statement.
    She wrote, Sat 25/02/2012 15:14:

    Regarding the current parking issues/ MSCP – whilst Waverley Borough Council accepts that this is a matter of public interest, it has emphasised that this kind of statement is outside the scope of the Haslemere Design Statement and if it was included they would be unable to adopt the HDS as these issues are not considered to be planning considerations.

    However,whilst the HDS is not the correct document, WBC have pointed out that there is an opportunity to raise these concerns in the imminent consultation on the Waverley Core Strategy. This document, and future associated documents, will consider the issue of site allocations, and whilst there is a focus on housing, this can also consider employment and other uses including car parking.

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