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Ban Student Cars Suggest Bath's Locals

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A recent poll has suggested that refusing planning applications without adequate parking and banning students from bringing cars into the city are among the most popular measures to reduce parking congestion in Bath.

The most popular option proposed was to refuse planning permission for developments that do not have adequate parking.

The second most popular answer was banning student cars from the city.

On this point, those that took part in the poll suggested the university should do more and ban students from bringing cars.

Currently, planning decisions do take into account the Bath Transport Strategy, which states that: "additional parking in the core of the city is not really an option because space is scarce and more traffic would be undesirable."

For all new residential development of any size in the City Centre Zone the parking standard is 0.5 spaces per dwelling.

However, this is based on 2011 Census data which suggests car ownership levels for those living in central Bath is 0.5 cars per dwelling.

Moreover, for purpose-built student accommodation, the current policy does not require any parking spaces to be provided, although this is being reviewed.