Last December, we wrote about what was then a new planning application to convert Compass House on the A30 into forty one flats.
This was no great surprise – converting office blocks into flats has become commonplace. Moreover, it’s no great surprise to discover that a subsequent application has now been submitted which proposes that the building can be converted into forty five flats rather than the previous forty one.
Last time we pointed out that the development would provide 0.8 parking spaces per available per flat. We didn’t dispute that this would comply with ‘regulations’, but we questioned whether it would be enough in practice. Pretty obviously, the A30 isn’t a suitable place for any ‘overspill’ on-road parking. However, the proposed increased number of flats inevitably decreases the parking provision – to 0.73 spaces per flat.
Now we’re all encouraged to cycle more, and drive less. But, though Compass House might be classified as a ‘town centre location’, there’s no simple cycle route between it and Camberley station. So expecting residents to ‘get on their bike’ would be pretty naive.