Car parking and access - Planning validation requirements

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A car parking and access plan sets out the parking provision on your proposed development. 


Your car parking and access plan must be a site layout plan showing: 

  • where existing car parking spaces will be removed 
  • where new car parking spaces will be made 

Your plan must be drawn to a scale of 1:100, 1:200 or 1:500 

You should refer to the Essex County Council Parking standards 2009 before making your car parking and access plan. 

You should also find details of other transport related matters on our draft travel plan and travel assessment pages. 

You can get help and advice from our Duty Planner on car parking and access and other types of planning applications. 

You can get detailed feedback on your proposal by using our pre-application advice service

Personal and confidential statement 

We may publish any information you submit as part of your application. You must tell us if there is any information you do not want us to publish when you submit your application.  

If however, we believe that this information is in the public interest, we reserve the right to publish it.  

We may also decide parts of your submission are not in the public interest and may redact this information. This information may include telephone numbers, email addresses and signatures. 

When you need to submit this information

Depending on the details of your application, you need to submit a car parking assessment when you are making an application for: 

You only need to submit a car parking and access plan if your proposal will result in: 

  • an increase in parking provision on the development site 
  • a decrease in parking provision on the development site 
Validation requirements

Required by 

  • National requirement. You can find details of this requirement in sections 9 and 12 of the National Planning Policy Framework 
  • Local requirement. You can find details of this requirement in: 
    • Essex County Council Development management policy DM8 
    • Essex County Council Parking standards 2009 
    • Local plan policy - LPP56
    • Local plan policy - LPP52
    • Local plan policy - SP7

These policies can be found in the Local Plan 2013 - 2033 document