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Researchers float design cure for suburban parking rage

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Architects have set out a range of best practice measures to reduce conflicts over parking spaces between residents in new suburban housing developments

The ‘Space To Park’ research project by Urbed, Design For Homes and the University of Edinburgh looked at more than 402 developments built since the turn of the millennium.

It found parking tension plagued estates even with a surplus of spaces because small garages and inflexible allocations forced residents to park on pavements and verges.

Victorian streets with more car ownership worked better, according to the authors, but modern house builders would struggle to sell homes without individually allocated parking.

The report concluded allocated parking spaces should always match the average level of car ownership within the dwelling – one space for one and two bed units and one or two spaces for three bed units.

Amended design guidance should also cater for wider streets providing an additional 20 per cent of unallocated bays – it recommended.

Space To Park was part of an on-going knowledge exchange between architects, volume house builders and academics run by Sheffield University.

Flora Samuel of the university’s architecture department said: ‘This project shows how architecture research skills can unravel knotty spatial problems at the heart of British life.’


Visit the Space to Park website for more information







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