Strategic Approach to Parking
Ease of access to Basingstoke is key to supporting the vitality and economic viability of the borough. Of all modes of transport, car trips are the highest. The borough council has a responsibility to review car parking in Basingstoke and create plans for the amount, type and location of parking, which will support the growth of the borough and changing patterns of demand.
The Strategic Approach to Parking was adopted by the council on 9 October 2008 as the basis for developing future policies and making decisions with respect to parking and related matters. These documents can be downloaded below.
Strategic Approach to Parking - Basingstoke Town Centre - Key Principles
Action 4 of the Strategic Approach to Parking was to undertake a review of levels of parking provision within Basingstoke Town Centre in order to support the council’s ‘Vision for Central Basingstoke’. This review was carried out in 2010 and the following key principles were adopted by the council on 17 November 2010 in relation to car parking in the town centre:
- The overall quantity of car parking in and around Basingstoke Town Centre is broadly maintained.
- The overall balance of short stay and long stay provision is broadly maintained.
- The opportunities that Festival Place provides in terms of week day capacity are recognised.
- Options are explored for dealing with future demand for evening and weekend parking through the use of Section 106 agreements in new developments in close proximity to the town centre.
- Permit provision within the existing car parks is reviewed with a view to maximising opportunities for relocation for example through better use of on-street provision.
A new Parking Strategy is currently being prepared to align with the emerging town centre masterplan. This will be published for consultation in late 2022.