Parking Surveys

Parking Surveys


One of the key issues facing motorists in England is parking, both residential and commercial as most forms of development have the potential to increase the amount of car parking requirements. Parking Surveys are  required to determine the impacts of car parking of a proposed development on surrounding streets where the development has not provided adequate parking provision within its site.

Parking stress surveys is the accepted standard by planning authorities to determine the current parking profile at the location of a proposed development, using it to assess the impact of the development on  parking capacity usually within a 200m walking distance for residential developments. 

Our Parking Survey Reports are predominantly based on The Lambeth Council Parking Survey Guidance Note 2012 known as the ‘Lambeth Methodology’. This is the primary methodology for undertaking parking stress surveys; however we adhere to other specific methodologies or guidance as required by the local planning authority such as Richmond, Lewisham, Merton and Southwark councils.

At SANDS we undertake parking stress survey and other parking studies by collecting parking data to identify the parking trends such as duration of stay, capacity and stress in the development of parking strategies

A parking survey is  all about collecting both off-street and on-street data to determine parking trends and needs. This data contains capacity, duration of survey, as well as available parking space. In London, Lambeth methodology is the most used methodology for parking stress surveys  , especially, when a parking survey is used to support transport statements or assessments for development projects. 

Parking Surveys For Your Development Project.


We carry out detailed and efficient parking surveys to support the development application in the best possible way. For most developments, our team of expert surveyors collects the parking data manually and others may require video surveys where practical and efficient. They determine the parking stress predominantly based on surveys based on the Lambeth Council Parking Survey Guidance Note 2012 widely regarded as the ‘Lambeth methodology’, a method adopted by many London Boroughs. We use other methodologies as specified by the local authority such as  London borough of Richmond upon Thames Parking beat survey criteria , Merton Council Transport Residential Parking Survey Methodology and Southwark Council Residential Parking Survey Methodology Guidance Note.

Typically, our parking stress survey report contains the following:

  • An introductory section discussing the proposed development and purpose of the report; 
  • A section on the methodology used for the survey; 
  • A section reviewing the survey area, site constraints, traffic orders and a drawing showing existing site including road makings and traffic signs on an ordnance survey based map of the survey area;
  • A section analyzing the survey results with drawings highlighting the exact parking locations of vehicles during the survey period; and 
  • Conclusions. 


Our parking stress surveys can help in identifying actual parking levels instead of perceived ones. These professionally conducted parking stress surveys can be delivered as an individual document or as part of a transport assessment.


We undertake all our transport planning services in house specializing in the following areas:

Transport Assessments


Transport assessments are crucial in identifying the transport impacts of a potential development proposal. They are comprehensive and systematic process that sets out transport issues relating to a proposed development. It identifies measures required to improve accessibility and safety for all modes of travel, particularly for alternatives to the car such as walking, cycling and public transport. A transport statement is a simpler version of a transport assessment when the development proposals do not require a full transport assessment.

Travel Plan


We provide bespoke travel plan services for both new and existing development projects. Travel Plans are long-term management strategies for integrating proposals for sustainable travel into the planning process. Clause 113 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) states ‘ All developments that will generate significant amounts of movement should be required to provide a Travel Plan, and the application should be supported by a transport statement or transport assessment so that the likely impacts of the proposal can be assessed.’

Delivery And Service Management Plans

Delivery and service management plans are increasingly required as part of development planning requirements, especially where you have a major commercial or residential development that is likely to generate a large movement of goods and materials.

Delivery and service management plans (DSP) aim to reduce potential adverse impacts of service and delivery traffic generated by a development, another key transport planning service we provide at SANDS. Delivery and service management plans aim is to facilitate smart and sustainable delivery and servicing arrangements to lower operating costs, reduce impact on the environment and improve accessibility.

Construction Management Plans

Construction Management Plan (CMP) is a plan that outlines the proposed approach to the delivery of a construction project. This is often required by planning authorities as part of planning approval requirements or a condition which needs to be in place and approved in advance of construction site works. A construction management plan is most commonly asked for at the discharge of conditions stage.

Our building consultant works hand in hand with our transport planning consultants to provide a CMP that addresses the detailed procedures, sequencing and construction methodology anticipated by the project team engaged in the planning, liaison and construction of the project.

Construction Logistic Plans

Construction Logistic Plans (CLP) are important management tools for planners, developers and contractors in assessing and reducing the negative transport effects of a construction project on local communities, residents, businesses and environment. In order to begin any construction activities a planning authority may require a Construction Logistic Plan (CLP) to manage the construction phase of the development to ensure any adverse effects to the road networks, safety, environment and that the community considerations has been factored into the approach to the delivery of the construction phase.

CLP’s are produced by our transport planning consultants whom are also registered CLOCS CLP practitioners