7. Transportation

Cycle Parking


Government policy promotes alternative modes of transport to the private car, ie walking, cycling and public transport. Cliftonville West is within easy reach of the Northdown Road shops, and is a walking distance of about a mile from Margate town centre. It is also well served by local bus routes – two bus routes run along Northdown Road, and a local service runs along Ethelbert Crescent and Sweyn Road.


Because of the location of Cliftonville West in relation to Northdown Road, Margate town centre and Margate train station, local trips by cycle are a realistic alternative to use of the private car.


Cycle storage needs to be considered at initial design and layout stage for residential Developments (as set out in Kent Design) to ensure the facility and its location is safe, convenient, and weather protected. A location overlooked by kitchens or living rooms aids safety and security. Details should be shown on the plans submitted at the time of presenting a planning application in the Design and Access statement. Information about different types of cycle parking (eg Sheffield Stands, lockers) can be found on the Department of Transport website http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roads/tpm/tal/cyclefacilities/keyelementsofcycleparkingpro4085


All proposals for new residential development will require the following minimum provision for cycle parking to be met:

  • Individual residential dwellings – 1 space per bedroom 1
  • Flats & Maisonettes – 1 space per unit 2
  • Sheltered Accommodation – 1 space per 5 units 2

This may necessitate, and the Council will encourage and support, the demolition of existing rear extensions/outbuildings in order to meet these requirements. It is recognised that the provision of cycle storage facilities may result in fewer residential units being provided.

Notes to Policy:

1 Cycle parking provision should normally be provided within the curtilage of the residential dwelling. Where a garage is provided it should be of a suitable size to accommodate the required cycle parking provision.

2 Parking provision should be provided as a secure communal facility where a suitable alternative is not available.


Cycle Parking guidance notes


The first preference for such storage areas is to the rear of the property. However where this is not possible it may exceptionally be appropriate, subject to the shape and size of the front garden, to design a suitable enclosure at the front of the property.

Terraced Houses


Where they are of sufficient size, cycle storage can be provided within internal garages if available, otherwise garden sheds, or well designed storage areas (which could double up for refuse storage), matching the design and materials of the house can be used.



Storage within flats is not normally acceptable as storage space is at a premium. Individual or communal secure cycle sheds should be located to the side or rear of the property. These can be used for other secure storage purposes if this is the choice of the occupants, but should be in addition to refuse storage areas.

Car Parking


One of the consequences of the large number of small flats in the Cliftonville area is a high number of cars being parked in the streets.


A survey of car parking in Cliftonville has been carried out by the Council and the results have been published in a separate document which forms part of the evidence base for this DPD.


The survey found that within the area, the amount of on-street parking spaces available varies between roads which are of varying character. Some roads are approaching saturation, whilst others have spaces available. The consequence of this is that whilst there is no current implication on highway safety, there is an amenity issue for residents who are often unable to park near their homes. Given the high crime rates in the Cliftonville area, this can have safety implications, as well as causing inconvenience.


The Council uses the standards set out in the Kent Vehicle Parking Standards to consider the level of parking requirement likely to be generated by new/converted residential development. These standards, or any future replacement standards, will continue to be applied in Cliftonville.


A significant number of properties in the area were previously hotels which have since been converted for residential use. Currently, the Kent Vehicle Parking Standards require hotels to provide 1 parking space per bedroom and 1 space per 2 staff. However, none of the remaining hotels in Cliftonville would be able to meet this standard.


Thus, if a proposed conversion of a hotel would result in the same, or lower number of residential units as hotel rooms, it would be considered theoretically acceptable in terms of parking.


Where hotel accommodation is disused or under-used it is even more unlikely to generate the relevant level of parking requirement referred to in the Kent Vehicle Parking Standards. Thus if the building/site were put to alternative use, it would be inappropriate to simply net off such requirement from those for the new development as this would result in under provision and further pressure for on-street parking levels.


In considering parking requirements for alternative use through conversion/redevelopment of former hotel accommodation, the amount of any existing notional parking standard that may be netted off such requirement will be based on the individual circumstances of each case.

Criteria to be considered will include:

  • the length of time the building may have been unused as hotel accommodation
  • the level and duration of under occupancy as hotel accommodation.
  • the level and availability of on-street parking within the immediate vicinity of the site

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