Update on temporary car park in Berkhamsted

We are aware of information being circulated on social media regarding the temporary car park in Berkhamsted and would therefore like to clarify the situation.

On 22 December 2016, full planning permission was granted (under ref: 4/00122/16/MFA) for the construction of a multi-storey car park on the site of the existing car park in Lower Kings Road, Berkhamsted.

During construction of the new multi-storey car park, the existing car park will be closed. In order to accommodate the car parking spaces displaced during the construction period we have applied for planning permission to open a temporary car park to cater for residents, commuters and visitors currently using the Lower Kings Road facility.

If planning permission is granted, we plan to open the temporary car park in early December, which will give additional parking capacity during the busy Christmas period.

We understand that the approved multi-storey car park and site of the temporary car park has divided some community opinion. However, we have a duty to all members of the community, including those who require parking/disabled parking, when the Lower Kings Road car park is closed for construction.

It's important to note that the suitability of available sites was restricted by the need to be located within the town centre, within a short walk from the existing car park at Lower Kings Road and Berkhamsted railway station, as well as the need to be a suitably sized site in public ownership. We considered all feasible options, with the location of the temporary car park on the Moor being the only viable option.

The temporary car park will provide 88 temporary car parking spaces. Six of these will be Blue Badge parking spaces.

Car parking spaces will be provided through the use of a ‘no-dig’ anchored ground reinforcement paving tile that will allow grass to grow back through the tile and would be fully reversible, thus preserving the character of the area once the temporary use has finished.

It's important to emphasise that the car park would be in place for a temporary period of one year and the open space would be restored to a higher standard than currently exists, including the planting of new trees to reinstate the historic tree avenue. Therefore, the proposal would not result in a long-term, permanent loss of open space provision within Berkhamsted.

No trees are proposed to be removed to facilitate the scheme and we have worked hard with numerous stakeholders and listened to the community to ensure that this is the case.