DEVELOPERS in the Crystal Palace area are pushing parking problems from one borough into another, says a ward councillor for the area.
Southwark Cllr Andy Simmons (Lab. College ward) told an informal hearing into plans to build four maisonettes in Spinney Gardens off Farquhar Road: “If something is granted in Lambeth but not in Southwark and a car free development is approved, developers in one borough push the problem into another.
“As a councillor I’ve spent many years looking at developments which go in with assumptions that don’t pan out in reality. “The level of parking goes up.”
He said most residents feel a high PTAL – Public Transport Accessibility Level to assess the access level of geographical areas to public transport – for the Crystal Palace area is not served.
“There’s two train stations but the trains don’t always go where you want them to go. “There’s a lot of bus routes – but the buses don’t always go to where you want to.
“In the Spinney Gardens area the PTAL reading is too high and you should realistically account for the parking desire that’s going to be created.
“Residents would be ringing up from Spinney Gardens asking why their rubbish bins had not been emptied. “We are already dealing with this issue in Farquhar Road where the gritting trucks can’t get down because of the parking problems”
Cllr Simmons comments at the hearing – held in Southwark council’s offices at Tooley Street, London Bridge – follow objections from Gipsy Hill Residents Association to proposals to expand Ranger Mansions at the top of Jasper Road, off Westow Hill.
In their letter of objection Amanda Sciberras, who chairs the GHRA, says they welcome the refurbishment but not the expansion of Ranger Mansions from eight to 13 units without the provision of off street parking. (application 12/03218/FUL)
“The parking survey to support this car free development and its conclusions are inaccurate and misleading. “Existing levels of car ownership have been drawn from the 2001 census but that disregards the significant changes this area has undergone. “There are now many more new homes and the socio-economic status has radically altered.
“The parking survey focuses on the zone in the northern part of Jasper Road which is also set in Southwark. “The applicant claims there is 1,768m of unrestricted kerb space on Jasper Road. “This is inaccurate.
“Jasper Road is just over 400m in length from north to south so it is simply not possible for it to have over twice its length in parking spaces – plus large sections of the southern part of the road have double yellow lines down one side.
“The northern end of Jasper Road does not have unrestricted kerbside parking as the pavement is broken by dipped kerbs every five or so metres as each house has a driveway.
“This Southwark section of Jasper Road is between 300 and 390 metres a steep uphill walk away from Ranger Mansions. “The applicant appears to have targeted the Southwark section of Jasper Road to accommodate the vehicular needs of this Lambeth development.
“GHRA would support this application if there was proper parking provision for the future occupants but the inaccurate and misleading nature of the transport and parking assessment does not instill residents with confidence.
“The cumulative effect of car free developments in this area have overwhelmed the residential roads with kerbside parking. “The large Lambeth development on Cawnpore Street (56 units), and the Southwark development on Woodland Road (12 units), have brought congestion and increased vehicular movements to roads that flank the local primary school. “This area cannot absorb any more car free developments.
“The increased vehicular and street activity this application will bring to Jasper Road must not be dismissed with the PTAL myth. “High PTAL may discourage private car use but it has no proven impact on car ownership or service vehicle activity.”