"Fight the towers! Or kiss your car park goodbye": How often do residents assert car parking rights in Melbourne planning appeals?

Taylor, E 2014, '"Fight the towers! Or kiss your car park goodbye": How often do residents assert car parking rights in Melbourne planning appeals?', Planning Theory and Practice, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 328-348.


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Title "Fight the towers! Or kiss your car park goodbye": How often do residents assert car parking rights in Melbourne planning appeals?
Author(s) Taylor, E
Year 2014
Journal name Planning Theory and Practice
Volume number 15
Issue number 3
Start page 328
End page 348
Total pages 21
Publisher Routledge
Abstract At around 20 square metres per space and occupying over 30% of the ground area of many cities, car parking is an expected but unnoticed land use - pulling the proverbial devil's trick of "convincing the world it doesn't exist". Recent poster slogans in Melbourne calling to "fight the towers! Or kiss your car park goodbye" imply that frustration over a lack or perceived future lack of parking space carries weight in planning conflicts over intensifying Australian cities. The research in this paper was motivated by a suspicion that fears expressed by existing residents about parking are a frequent and prominent but rarely examined planning issue in Victoria. The paper interprets residents' claims made about inadequate parking as conflicts over asserted rights, and their allocation and reallocation through planning. It is based on a content analysis of four months (325 cases) of published Victorian planning appeals from 2012. It is found that over half the appeals featured car parking as a significant issue, and that of these, nine out of ten involved third party objectors. The planning system is called upon to respond to issues arising from car rather than land use, and to do so by making further allowances for cars. This asserted "folk legality" of individual car parking rights is difficult to reconcile with growing literature offering critical perspectives on aggregate costs from "predict and provide" car parking policies. Differences between public and planning interpretations of the role of planning in balancing car parking rights and common good are observed. Ultimately, conflict over asserted parking rights in planning draw out fundamental tensions around who - or what - has the right to occupy space.
Subject Land Use and Environmental Planning
Housing Markets, Development, Management
DOI - identifier 10.1080/14649357.2014.929727
Copyright notice © 2014 Taylor and Francis
ISSN 1464-9357
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