Tuesday, 29 August 2017
Additional car parking in Broadmead re-development plans
Here is copy of my objection to proposals for 580 new car parking spaces as part of plans being put forward to redevelop Broadmead. Planning application number 16/06594/P can still be commented on here. Green Councillor Charlie Bolton's petition opposing the additional car parking can be signed here.
As a regular user of the Broadmead area I object to the plans as they currently are. In the main this is because of the inclusion of a very large number of additional car parking spaces in a central part of the city. Additional car parking like this acts as a magnet for traffic and is thus a significant negative.
The city is often traffic congested already and as a consequence air pollution frequently exceeds EU and WHO standards and is therefore unhealthy. The Mayor has only recently set up a group of councillors to look at the establishment of a clean air zone.
Decisions taken on planning applications should be consistent with all council policies and general direction of travel, if the city is to develop in a manner that makes overall sense. To approve hundreds of additional centrally located parking spaces runs against action needed to clean up city air. Bristol needs to harmonise planning policies, practices and decisions with sustainable transport so that one doesn't contradict the other as it so often does.
I urge the committee to make the required connections across a range of economic, planning, transport, health, environmental and other policy areas. We need to get a coordinated, coherent fully 21st century response to problems both planned and implemented, including properly planned access into and around the city via public transport, cycling and walking. Many cities across the world, Europe in particular, have moved and are moving away from allowing cars in their central area.
One of the reasons that Ljubljana turned itself into one of Europe's green capitals is because of the action it took against cars in its city centre. One of the reasons for the green capital initiative is that cities should learn from each others experiences.