Car Park 14 (decked)
Introduction / summary
In parallel with the Emily Wilding Davison Building, and to help offset the loss of car parking spaces created by it, the university delivered the expansion of Car Park 14 (into what we see today) via a full planning application (Ref: RU.15/0368, granted on 13 May 2015). By expanding Car Park 14 from circa 50 car park spaces to 172, it was possible to retain car parking numbers across the campus.
The further expansion of Car Park 14, in the form of a multi-storey car park, is proposed to add resilience to the overall parking provision across the campus. Early designs suggest that the project could deliver an increase of 324 spaces. This is offset by a similar reduction in the number of spaces against a future (target) Estate Plan provision by virtue of the Open Space Performance Building (formerly known as the Handa Noh Theatre), the Eastern Gateway Building and the reduction in size of the multi-storey car park at Piggery Gate. Unless re-provided, this would result in a loss of c325 spaces. The balance of current parking spaces will therefore be retained if the decked parking is delivered.
The university is committed to updating its Travel Plan in 2019. This provides an opportunity for the university consider ways in which it might manage Car Park 14 with a view to reducing the potential impact on nearby residential streets, particularly at the end of the day. Ongoing technical discussions will be progressed in this area, with an interim update presented as part of the full planning application
Relevance to the Estate Plan
Condition 16 of the outline planning permission granted in 2015 requires that subsequent full or reserve matters applications for development for each phase of development shall include details of parking provision made, including details of total car parking numbers within the Estate Plan site and the management of the car parking spaces.
In 2017/18 the university commissioned consultants to undertake initial Estate Planning feasibility exercises for the proposed reconfiguration of academic buildings in the Piggery Gate area. Following further consideration of the economic viability and capacity of the site to accommodate the increase in car parking numbers requested and approved by the planning committee, the design evolution of two current development projects has the potential to further reduce parking provision. These include the new Eastern Gateway Building (which could affect the capacity of the multi-storey car park) and the relocation of the Open Space Performance Building to a site outside the Green Belt and to the north of the A30 on a site close to the Glasshouses and Sutherland Lodge.
A design team has been appointed by Morgan Sindall, the contractor appointed to design and deliver the car park works. Concept design options were presented during the July and September 2019 engagement sessions and presented on exhibition boards. Comments relating to the car park proposals have been fed back to the design team and contractor.
The car parking capacity estimates are based upon the principle of a ground plus three level deck running in a north-south direction perpendicular with South Road and therefore located away from the Harvest Road town houses. The top deck is smaller than the lower decks and set back from Harvest Road. You can review the November exhibition boards here.
Detailed designs, albeit still in draft form, were presented in the November 2010 exhibition boards – the boards can be seen here. This built upon the Concept Options previously presented and presents an indication of the external appearance of the car park. This is the scheme which is being assessed for planning submission purposes.
Planning application / reserved matters submission
While the provision of up to 1,505 car parking spaces (an increase of c300 spaces over the number available on campus in 2015) was requested by the council, the identification of a decked car parking solution was not specifically mentioned on the current site of Car Park 14. As such, a full planning application is anticipated.
Subject to ongoing technical assessments and design refinements, it is anticipated that a full planning application will be submitted alongside the Reserved Matters submission of the Eastern Gateway Building. The target submission is planned for March 2020. Initial traffic modelling has been undertaken and shared with Surrey County Council, as the Highways Authority. Ongoing discussions indicate that the net increase in parking can be safely accommodated within the recently upgraded local highway network.
In order to manage traffic patterns in the area, the university has begun a series of investigations leading to a Car Parking Management Plan across the campus. This will look at how the Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) software and hardware could be adapted alongside a permit scheme based on residential postcodes of eligible staff and students. These investigations continue and will be shared with the Council and through appropriate Residents Forums in due course.
Link with other Estate projects and plans
(See “Relevance to the Estate Plan” above)