Kent Road Planning Approval / by Craig Heap

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We were delighted to hear Planning permission has been granted by GCC Planning Committee for a proposed residential development offering 20 units for private sale on a tight urban site in Kent Road adjacent to Charing Cross for our client, Kelvin Properties.

Following lengthy pre-application discussions with GCC’s planning department on matters such as massing and scale, Holmes Miller were able to secure the approval with a reduced parking provision for developments outwith the City Centre.

The original proposal was to provide 4 private vehicle parking spaces, however following concerns raised by Councillors the layout was amended to increase this provision to 6. The Councillors on the planning committee heard that although council parking policy states that, outwith the City Centre, there should be one allocated space per dwelling unit for residents and an additional 0.25 unallocated space per dwelling for visitors, it “recognises that there may be circumstances where this level of provision is not possible or undesirable.”

In the case of our development, it was deemed by GCC that the policy could be relaxed as it was justified against criteria including place-making, townscape and design requirements, house size and type and due to the fact the site has a high accessibility to public transport.