Parking

LATEST RBWM Parking Policy 2017-01-23

Office buildings should only be permitted when the developers make provision for the office workforce to park their cars at the office building. This provision should be contained within the building’s site; in particular not to assume that public parking space can be used, as this denies the Maidenhead shopping public of these car parking spaces during the day.

The document used as the basis for this study is the Maidenhead Town Centre Capacity Study 2015.

In the Capacity Study allowance for parking has been made on the assumption that all office developments require only 1 car parking space per 1,000 sqft (92sqm) RBWM 2015.

Examining details on available office space in the Maidenhead area confirms the view that Commercial office space is only attractive when it provides the tenant with 5 car parking spaces per 1,000 sq.ft. The provision for parking should, therefore be at least 5 car parking spaces per 1,000 sqft not 1.

HSE provision is 49.5sqft (4.6sqm) per worker. However, the office marketplace suggests each worker should be allocated 100sq.ft to allow for services, meeting rooms and movement. In this scenario, there might be 10 employees per 1000 sq.ft with parking provision for only 5.

For example area A in the Plan makes provision for 528 car parking spaces but in reality the requirement is for 1062.

Area A West Street

Proposed

Commercial

226,042

Sq.ft

528

car spaces

+visitors

1130

Residential

310

units

cars paces

+visitors

46

460

Required

46

1590

Planned

528

Short

1062

The area of most concern is the Triangle which is a mix of office and residential use. The example area in B makes provision for 225 parking spaces whereas the requirement is for 2178. It’s worth noting on these sites the mix of shopping users of the car park and workers, with workers staying most of the day which will deprive the town of a number of them. Many people have said that if they have a problem parking when shopping they will go elsewhere.

Area B

Triangle

Proposed

Commercial

368,000

sqft

378

car spaces

+visitors

1,840

Residential

225

units

cars paces

+visitors

338

Shoppers

No Provision

Required

2,178

Planned

378

Short

1,800

 

The development of Maidenhead Railway Station provides a significant amount of office accommodation, without making it clear if part of the parking provision is for commuters.

Area C

Railway Station

Proposed

Cincom

45940

Sq.ft

45

car spaces

+visitors

230

Sita

29439

Sq.ft

30

cars paces

+visitors

147

Planned Com

169531

Sq.ft

328

car spaces

+visitors

848

Planned Res

50

units

75

cars paces

+visitors

75

Required

1300

Planned

478

Short

822

Braywick Gate is currently office accommodation. However, on page 78 there are a number of scenarios on offer. This illustrates our problem when the use is switched. The proposed parking provision is 909, whereas the requirement is for 3,620, short by 2,711.

We have asked people who have visited the shop, where they lived and whether they owned a car. It transpires those working have a car. Even if they walk to work, the car is essential to their way of life.

Area D

Braywick Gate

Proposed

Braywick Gate

61,870

Sq.ft

62

Cars paces

+visitors

305

Statesman

62,904

Sq.ft

64

Car spaces

+visitors

310

Planned Com

161,458

Sq.ft

783

Car spaces

+visitors

805

Planned Res

1,100

units

Car spaces

+visitors

No Prov

2,200

Required

3,620

Planned

909

Short

2,711

The problem presents itself to the MNP insomuch as, is it possible to provide Maidenhead with a working and living environment. If we fail to provide enough car parking spaces in the town then commuters and residents will park on residential streets.

We are already seeing these problems in streets surrounding the railway station, there is little capacity remaining in the Stafferton Way car park which is largely taken up with contract commuter parking.

Irrespective of where the provision is made with the additional residential and commercial buildings planned in the three Areas A, B,C & D the demand for car space will increase. 

To fully appreciate the potential problem over the coming years adding the other development areas E, F and G

Area E

York Road

Proposed

130000

Sq.ft

473

Car spaces

Required

650

Planned

473

Short

177

 

Area F

High Street

Proposed

Planned Com

66,058

Sq.ft

67

car spaces

Required

330

Planned

67

Short

263

Area G

Saint Cloud Way

Proposed

Planned Res

224

units

Car spaces

Required

448

Planned

Short

224

 

Over the proposed development time scale the centre of Maidenhead will be short of some 7,283 car parking spaces. This is close to 2.5 times the existing capacity in the town or 13 more car parks the size of Stafferton Way

The Policy

Underlying Assumptions.

  1. Maidenhead is developing high-quality office accommodation and salaries are such that staff members living locally will drive to work.
  2. Owning a car is common and ignoring this fact does not solve the problem. Even people living and working in the town centre will probably own a car for weekend travel.
  3. Maidenhead has only limited on-street parking available to visitors.
  4. These offices will provide high-quality accommodation for their workers and provide ample space of 100 sq ft. Call centre provision is approximately half that, as is the Town Hall.
  5. These offices will attract a number of visitors, who will need parking spaces.
  6. Parking will be below the surface NOT taking up the surface or any green space.
  7. Office parking is not an RBWM responsibility - it is the responsibility of the developer
  8. There are 2,590 car parking spaces in Maidenhead; currently Broadway (734) Hines Meadow (1,289) Stafferton Way (576) Maidenhead - for the developments listed - need another 7436 in or near the Town Centre.

 

Policy

  1. Assuming office worker allocation of 200 sqft = 5 car spaces per 1,000 sqft
  2. Within parking to be provided within land limits (curtilage?)
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