Back in Feb 2018, Red Kite applied to build 6 dwellings on an area behind Foxes Piece currently used for parking. The obvious issue was loss of parking spaces for residents, and objections were made by Marlow Town Council and a HUGE number of Foxes Piece residents, and other locals. Some resident objections were very detailed, even including photographic evidence of vehicle parking volumes etc. There were approximately 100 objections, so very significant and thus a very powerful voice of opposition.
The original application included parking surveys, and proposed locations where resident could park. It even seemed to suggest that parking along the A4155 Little Marlow Road would be an idea!?
At the time, Marlow Town Council objected thus “Great concern over the parking capacity overall of the site as there is no capacity for displaced parking which is being removed from the site. Marlow Town Council find the parking consultation conducted by Red Kite Housing to be unacceptable as to the displacement of parking on to Little Marlow Road and other adjacent roads”
The final nail in the coffin was probably a letter from Highway Development Management at Buckinghamshire County Council, which noted that many of the proposed alternative parking spaces were not suitable – for example being too close to junctions, causing obstruction to refuse collection and emergency vehicles. It concluded:
“Marlow is severely constrained with regard to spare capacity within the highway network to accommodate additional on-street parking. As such, Buckinghamshire County Council would not support any development that would worsen the existing problem”
“The applicant is not able to provide space within an acceptable distance of the site to accommodate the displaced parking that would occur as a result of this development. The development if permitted would therefore be likely to lead to additional on-street parking to the detriment of public and highway safety”