Decision details

East Sussex County Council Guidance for Parking at New Developments

Decision Maker: Lead Member for Transport and Environment

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The County Council currently has published Parking Guidelines and a Parking Calculator that are used to guide parking provision in new development proposals. The guidelines and calculator have been reviewed and updates proposed, particularly in light of recent Census data relating to car ownership levels. The report will seek Lead Member approval for the updated guidelines and calculator.


65.1     The Lead Member considered a report by the Director of Communities, Economy and Transport.




65.2     The Lead Member RESOLVED to approve the use of the ‘Guidance for Parking at New Developments’ at Appendix 1 of the report.




65.3     Assessing parking provision for new development is one key aspect of assessing planning applications. The updated document conforms to relevant guidance and reflects current best practice. The updated calculation tool for residential development has been developed based on current ward boundaries and the most up to date East Sussex specific car ownership ward data available to reflect the different characteristics that occur across the County. The calculation tool provides developers and other interested parties a user-friendly method to ascertain the optimum car parking provision for residential development whilst not compromising road safety for all road users.


65.4     The application of the guidance will ensure that the right type and amount of all forms of parking for new development is provided. This will mean that the right balance is struck between meeting parking demand whilst exploiting the potential for sustainable travel and minimising adverse effects on highway safety. The guidance will be kept under review and carefully monitored to ensure that it meets these objectives and remains effective.

Report author: Michelle Edser

Publication date: 11/03/2024

Date of decision: 11/03/2024

Decided at meeting: 11/03/2024 - Lead Member for Transport and Environment

Effective from: 16/03/2024

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