(The same development - incredibly for a city which claims ambitious intent to reduce car use - received planning consent for every one of the 87 luxury flats to have their own parking space. As a result, the former school playground in a location that could scarcely be better located for public transport and active travel, is now a sea of BMWs, Mercedes and Teslas).
Planning officers can have a tough job reconciling conflicting demands and this blog post isn’t a criticism of any individual. But unless the culture and leadership within our planning system shows more ambition and assertiveness, we will continue to live unnecessarily with substandard, inaccessible pavements. And if they get fixed at all, it will be at the public’s expense.