Ards and Down Area Plan 2015
Policy Framework: Transportation Car Parking
Plan it will be necessary to survey the demand for and supply of parking in towns in the Plan area to determine whether areas of restraint on parking are appropriate. Parking strategies may be refined or further developed in due course in line with future changes in parking demand and accessibility.
A Roads Service priority is to ensure the most efficient use of existing spaces by their effective management, so as to ensure that short-stay spaces are available in those car parks convenient to town centres. To this end charging will be maintained in busier town centre car parks. The operation of car parks will also support the transportation strategy of reducing travel by car by discouraging parking by commuters.
The Department will normally require that in association with major new town centre developments an adequate level of on-site parking will be provided, having regard to the particular circumstances of each development.