Derry Area Plan 2011
Transportation: Proposals/Policies (Page 2 of 2)
The following schemes have been included in the Plan on the basis of the recommendations of the Derry Transportation Study (see Maps 1, 2 and 3):
- Strand Road widening (now substantially complete);
- Culmore Road widening;
- Queen’s Quay widening;
- Buncrana Road widening;
- Glendermott Road and Dungiven Road widening;
- Skeoge Link Road;
- Crescent Link dualling;
- Maydown to Broadbridge dualling;
- Newbuildings to Magheramason widening;
- Culmore Road improvements.
Major schemes generally require planning approval except for those on the trunk road network where a Direction Order will be appropriate. Both statutory procedures allow for further public consultation on the detailed proposals. In relation to the Skeoge Link Road, Map 2 of the Plan shows indicative alternative alignments at the Buncrana Road end. When a preferred line has been selected this line will be subject to further public scrutiny. A preliminary assessment of the likely environmental impacts has already been considered in the decision to include each scheme and further assessment will be undertaken if required at detailed design stage.
In the interests of road safety the Department will seek to reduce the number of crossover points on dual carriageways as well as controlling access to main traffic routes.
Car parking provision in new developments will be controlled on a zonal basis as follows:
- Zone A - the Commercial Core, in which only operational car parking (servicing and other essential operations) will normally be permitted.
- Zone B - the remainder of the Central Area and areas of mixed use elsewhere in the urban area, in which both operational and non-operational car parking will be required as determined by the Department.
- Zone C - all other areas in which full operational and non-operational car parking will normally be required.
Adequate provision of car parking spaces will help to ensure the continuing attraction and viability of the Central Area and the Commercial Core. However, generous car parking provision will also increase the attraction of private cars and add to congestion. A balance is required between commercial need and the desirability of reducing car travel.
In Zone A, parking provision for service vehicles and other essential operations only will be permitted with a view to keeping the main shopping area as free as possible from vehicular traffic. Current provision is expected to meet the parking requirements for most of the Commercial Core. An identified need for additional spaces at William Street may be met through a development incorporating a multi-storey facility.
In Zone B, the levels of operational and non-operational car parking will be determined by the Department taking into account the nature of the development, the availability of existing parking on and off street and other local circumstances.
Locations outside the Central Area in which Zone B conditions may be applied include the main radial routes where scope for provision of full parking within the curtilage of frontage properties is likely to be limited in many cases.
In Zone C, off street car parking will normally be provided as an integral part of all development schemes.
Where it is not possible to provide the appropriate car parking requirement within the curtilage of the development, the Department may require developers to contribute to the provision of car parking for public use especially where large developments are concerned. The number of spaces will vary depending on location, type of development and individual site circumstances.