Paul Basham Associates helped to secure planning permission at the Bun Penny Public House (cover picture of ‘The Good Pub Guide 2016’) for an extension to the pub to provide additional dining areas and function rooms.
Paul Basham Associates were approached after concerns were raised by Gosport Borough Council over the number of car parking spaces proposed, compared to the size of the extension into the car park. We were made aware early on that parking in the local area was already a contentious issue, and therefore parking surveys were needed to understand the impact of the proposed extension.
Our team undertook detailed parking surveys at the site in the Lambeth Model style. After negotiations with Gosport Borough Council’s highway officers, it was established that the surveys should be conducted on a busy Saturday lunchtime, when both the pub and surrounding residential areas would experience peak parking demand.
Data was also obtained from the pub’s manager, who had been recording parking demand over a 6 month period. This enabled us to provide to Gosport Borough Council a more comprehensive overview of activity at the site, not just during peak times.
The parking survey results were compiled in a Technical Note, which concluded that available capacity was 82 spaces within a 180m radius (2 minute walk) of the site. The application was granted permission in December 2015, with the highway officer stating, ‘On balance the Highway Authority are satisfied that the increase in floor space with no additional parking provisions would be unlikely to have a severe impact upon the operation or safety of the local highway network and would therefore recommend ‘no objection (no conditions)’.