Gala Bingo Hall Site, Hove

Gala Bingo Hall Site, Hove

Project Centre’s development transport team gave expert evidence at a planning appeal hearing which approved plans for a mixed use development of residential units and a GP surgery on Portland Road in Hove.


Appearing with Conran and Partners, Robinson Escott Planning and Affinity Sutton, our development transport experts persuaded the inspector that there were no transport or road safety reasons to refuse the application.


The planning application for the new homes was initially rejected after the council received objections which cited additional traffic and parking pressure amongst their concerns.


National housing association Affinity Sutton, which has 55,000 homes across the country, asked Project Centre to examine the impact that an additional 35 homes and doctors’ surgery would have on local transport and parking infrastructure.


Using data from parking beat surveys and travel survey information, Project Centre was able to build a case on behalf of the developer that showed that their plans had sufficient on-site parking spaces and that local streets had adequate parking capacity for the new development.


We also researched the transport needs of GPs’ surgeries which enabled us to design an on street parking layout that would accommodate doctors’ parking and taxi bays without compromising bus service operations and the needs for residential and shopper parking around the site.


The planning inspector ruled in favour of the appeal, and was wholly in agreement with Project Centre’s evidence that there were no transport or road safety reasons to refuse the application.