DCAN 8: Housing in Existing Urban Areas
3.47 Basement parking may be an appropriate parking strategy for higher density apartment development in areas of high land values. This can create space for landscaping and enable a higher density of development to be achieved.
3.48 The design of basement car parks requires careful attention to ensure that they are safe to use and that they do not have a negative impact on the street scene at ground level. A common problem is the creation of dead or even hostile frontages at street level where parking is accommodated in a 'semi basement'.
3.49 Surface parking underneath a raised ground floor can create the same effect to an even greater extent and effectively removes life from the street. Where the parking areas are open and unsupervised, a threatening and unpleasant environment can be created. Such an approach will not be acceptable.