Strategic Approach to Parking

Ease of access to Basingstoke is key to supporting the vitality and economic viability of the borough. 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.

As a result, a revised Strategic Approach to Parking which considers the emerging Town Centre Masterplan, was adopted by the council on 6 December 2022. This document will now be the basis for developing future policies and making decisions with respect to parking and any related matters. The document can be downloaded below.

Key principles:

That any proposed changes to car park provision (or location) are assessed with full long-term implications understood, and will need to meet four specific tests:

1. That current and future predicted average car park usage/demand levels can be accommodated within town centre car park provision.

2. Allocated Blue Badge parking spaces are maintained in both convenient and central parking locations.

3. Access to educational facilities, places of worship and health facilities etc. are maintained in suitable, convenient locations.

4. Proximity to other car parks and walking, cycling and public transport options are properly considered.

The relative accessibility of parking spaces for key destinations within the town centre will need to be reviewed over the life of the Strategy in order to support the town centre economy and respond to The Masterplan proposals.

To support Climate Emergency targets, travel by sustainable modes will be encouraged, with prioritisation of the installation of electric vehicle charge points. Investigations relating to the introduction of car clubs will continue to be progressed.

Documents

PDF document Strategic Approach to parking(PDF) [778 kb]

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