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Meeting of the Executive held on 13/06/2006
East Street, Farnham Regeneration - Public Parking Provision



APPENDIX H

Waverley Borough Council

EXECUTIVE - 13TH JUNE 2006
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Title:
EAST STREET, FARNHAM REGENERATION - PUBLIC PARKING PROVISION
[Wards Affected: All Farnham Wards]
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Summary and purpose:

The purpose of this report is to review the policy on the provision of public parking following the granting of Landlord’s Consent for the revised Masterplan for the East Street, Farnham Regeneration.
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Environmental implications:

The nature, extent and location of public parking facilities will have environmental implications which will be considered as part of the planning process.

Social/Community implications:

The social and retail vitality of a regenerated East Street area, will in part, be influenced by the accessibility of the area by both public and private transport. The right balance of transport modes will be critical to the success of the scheme.

Resource and Legal Implications:

There are no direct resource implications of this report. Legal processes will be required for the appropriation of Housing Fund land at Riverside for the general purposes of the Council.

E-Government Implications:

There are no implications in this report.

Financial Implications:

There are financial implications in the capital cost of provision of additional parking outside of the East Street footprint and in the expected revenue stream which will be dependent on the level of parking provision and the tariff structure. These will be considered in the report.

Background

1. The Executive, at its meeting of 6th January 2004, considered a report on the level and location of public parking provision proposed in the redevelopment taking into account:-

public need;
revenue ambitions;
retail and social vitality of the regenerated area;
local planning policy;
national and local policies on car use restraint;
traffic movement; and
the local environment.

2. The report, which is reproduced at Annexe A for the information of Members, set out the strategy for the accommodation of the parking capacity displaced by the regeneration both permanently and temporarily during its construction.

3. The amended recommendation agreed was:-

Revised Masterplan

4. The recommendation was made in the knowledge of:-

5. The Revised Masterplan and the escalation in construction costs of the development have resulted in a reduced expectation of capital receipt. At the same time, the emergence of more prescriptive flood risk and pollution management regulations have escalated the costs of construction of the proposed car parking at Riverside.

6. The usage of the public car parks in the East Street catchment area; Dogflud, St James, Riverside 1 and Riverside 2 has declined significantly since 2004 to the extent that on average, over 200 vacant spaces are available on a typical day.
Review of Parking Need

7. In light of the above, it is considered prudent to review the parking provision proposed in the 2004 report. The principal issue is the level of peak parking demand that a regenerated and revitalised East Street area can be expected to produce and whether that demand should be provided for in full.

8. It is first necessary to determine if the current reduction in parking demand in the area is permanent or the result of circumstances that will change into the future. The fall in parking demand has followed:-

9. In relation to paragraph 8:-

Farnham Sports Centre

10. The Council plans to invest 1.8 million by 2008 on a major refurbishment of Farnham Sports Centre which is expected to re-vitalise the Centre and significantly increase the number of users, the majority of whom arrive by car. It is essential that these users are able to park at Riverside rather than the shoppers car park in the development.

Permanent Off-Street Car Parking Provision

11. The Revised Masterplan provides for 400 public parking spaces in one basement level car park within the developed footprint.

The Waverley managed spaces lost to the development are:-

South Street Car Park 224
Dogflud 228
Total 452

An additional 75 spaces are currently provided by a private operator on the former cinema site. In common with the current decline in usage of the East Street area and Waverley car parks, the private car park has on average, 50 daily users.

In order to replace the existing total off-street parking provision, therefore, 527 spaces would be required i.e. an additional 127 spaces off-site.

If this is to be provided at Riverside, the permanent provision there would need to be 227 (the existing temporary car park at Riverside provides approximately 100 spaces).

Temporary Off-Street Parking Provision

12. The first phase of construction will require the closure of Dogflud Car Park with the loss of 228 spaces. If temporary provision is to be made on a ‘like for like’ basis, the provision at Riverside would need to equate to that requiring a total of 328 spaces (100 existing) on that site. Constraints of the site might limit the possible provision to 300.

13. The construction phase itself could lead to an additional parking demand by the expected hundreds of construction workers unless the developer makes its own provision on-site or off-site.

Financial Implications

14. Under the Agreement, the developer is required to pay the Council a specified fee to compensate for loss of parking revenue during the construction phase. However, if no additional permanent off-site parking provision is made, the potential on-going year-on-year loss of parking income from the 52 lost spaces will equate, at current premium car parking rates, to 65,000.

If, however, those spaces are relocated to Riverside, the remoteness of that site from the centre of the retail and social activity will require that the tariffs are more modest. Estimated income from that number of spaces at Riverside would be approximately 35,000, reducing the potential income loss to 30,000.

Risks

15. Possible risks have been identified as:-

Farnham Urban Safety Management Study and subsequent discussions

16. At it meeting on 6th December 2005, the Executive considered and endorsed the above study. This followed an earlier consideration by the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee. The study takes a wide view of transport and public domain issues in the town. Its proposals and options covered:

Options for consideration identified in the Action Plan

Traffic management

1. Set up a Farnham Development Group, to include Farnham Town Council, Surrey County Council and Waverley Borough.

II. Introduce a 20 mph speed limit in the centre of the town.

III. Manage the access of HGVs.

IV. Reduce The Borough to one lane.

V. Reduce the land width of Castle Street.

VI. Make South Street two way to the junction with The Borough.

VII. Make sure that physical measures are not intrusive in the street scene.

VIII. Where narrowing of the carriageway takes place, reallocate the space to pedestrians.

IX. Look at the best location for bus stops.

X. Improve the crossings at the bottom of Castle Street; South Street/Union Road; Union Road/Longbridge/Downing Street; West Street/Downing Street/The Borough. This could be done by removing some of the barriers and improving the space around the crossing for pedestrians.

XI. Improve cycling facilities in line with the Cycling Strategy.

XII. Carry out monitoring of the initiatives.

Accessibility

I. Set up a sub working group for community transport.

II. Consider “Park and Stride” using existing car parks at the Hart, Wagon Yard, Dogflud Way (or its replacement) and a new car park at the junction of Castle Street and Park Lane.

III. Develop a Parking Management Strategy.

Streetscape enhancement

I. Define an Historic Core Zone.

II. Consider ‘gateway’ treatments on all main roads into the town.

III. Develop policies for all aspects of the enhancement scheme, such as paving, signage and street furniture.

IV. The number of street signs should be reduced.

V. Consider a sympathetic lighting scheme.

There is clearly an overlap between this study and the East Street scheme. In the specific context of this report, the Study proposes the concept of a “Park and Stride” strategy. In practice this would mean the establishment of peripheral car parks on the main routes in to the town centre, that would attempt to intercept traffic and provide parking facilities in locations that do not encourage traffic movements around the town centre gyratory system.

The establishment of an appropriately sized car park at the Riverside location, with complementary pricing regime could be seen as a step in delivering the above strategy. This needs to be borne in mind when looking at parking provision in this area.

Conclusion

17. It is concluded that the under-demand for parking space in the East Street area of influence is not indicative of the situation that will obtain post-development. If the Council expects a regenerated and revitalised East Street area to generate additional parking demand and the Council wishes to provide for that demand, it will be necessary to supply the maximum permanent parking provision at Riverside. If the Council also wishes to provide ‘like for like’ parking provision to replace that lost during the construction phase, it will also need to make the maximum alternative parking provision at Riverside. The provision of the maximum permanent parking capacity at the outset would be the most economical and least disruptive option.

Recommendation

It is recommended to the Council that

1. 300 car parking spaces be constructed at Riverside for temporary and permanent parking needs generated by the East Street Regeneration Scheme; and

2. officers be required to report back to members for final authorisation after the scheme has been worked up and after planning processes, to assess the affordability against the overall East Street Regeneration Scheme.

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Background Papers (DoEL

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.
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CONTACT OFFICERS:

Name: Robin Ellks Telephone: 01483 523411

E-mail: rellks@waverley.gov.uk

Stephen Thwaites Telephone: 01483 523463

E-mail: sthwaites@waverley.gov.uk

Brian Long Telephone: 01483 523253


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