The Cliftonville Development Plan Document - is it 'sound'?

Cliftonville DPD - Proposed Submission Document - Online

Car Parking

9.9 One of the consequences of the large number of small flats in the Cliftonville area is a high number of cars being parked in the streets.


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9.10 A survey of car parking in Cliftonville has been carried out by the Council and the results have been published in a separate document which forms part of the evidence base for this DPD.

9.11 The survey found that within the area, the amount of on-street parking spaces available varies between roads which are of varying character. Some roads are approaching saturation, whilst others have spaces available. The consequence of this is that whilst there is no current implication on highway safety, there is an amenity issue for residents who are often unable to park near their homes. Given the high crime rates in the Cliftonville area, this can have safety implications, as well as causing inconvenience.

9.12 The Council uses the standards set out in the Kent Vehicle Parking Standards to consider the level of parking requirement likely to be generated by new/converted residential development. These standards, or any future replacement standards, will continue to be applied in Cliftonville.

9.13 A significant number of properties in the area were previously hotels which have since been converted for residential use. Currently, the Kent Vehicle Parking Standards require hotels to provide 1 parking space per bedroom and 1 space per 2 staff. However, none of the remaining hotels in Cliftonville would be able to meet this standard.

9.14 Thus, if a proposed conversion of a hotel would result in the same, or lower number of residential units as hotel rooms, it would be considered theoretically acceptable in terms of parking.

9.15 Where hotel accommodation is disused or under-used it is even more unlikely to generate the relevant level of parking requirement referred to in the Kent Vehicle Parking Standards. Thus if the building/site were put to alternative use, it would be inappropriate to simply net off such requirement from those for the new development as this would result in under provision and further pressure for on-street parking levels.


In considering parking requirements for alternative use through conversion/ redevelopment of former hotel accommodation, the level of any existing notional parking standard that may be netted off such requirement will be based on the material circumstances of each case.

Criteria to be considered will include:

  • the length of time the building may have been unused as hotel accommodation
  • the level and duration of under occupancy as hotel accommodation.
  • the level and availability of on-street parking within the immediate vicinity of the site