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busy road - influence on house price

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I have lived in my house for 3 years and planned to stay here for a good few more. The house is on a fairly quiet road with very little traffic and parking restrictions for one hour in the middle of each day to stop people parking all day. It is a nice wide tree lined road, which is one of the things we liked about it.
however, things are changing. A very large supermarket is opening very nearby which we beleive will cause a lot of traffic which in turn will encourage people to use our road as a cut through. Also we have just found out that a large house 5 doors away has been granted permission to open as a Doctors Surgery with 6000 patients. There will be no parking provision for patients and they will have to park our road.

I would never have bought a house near a doctors surgery, as I know how difficult it is to park near my doctors, and am reaaly upset that they have allowed this to go ahead, even though all the neightbours objected.

I am considering moving because of this. The house is worth 550k so it would cost us alot of money in fees and stamp duty to move to a similar house in a quieter road. I am concerned that the value of our house would drop becuase of the traffic and parking problems.

Am I over reacting? advice gratefully received
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  • olly300
    olly300 Posts: 14,736 Forumite
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    If both proposals are in the planning stage then you need to get involved and make a fuss so that the council has to put traffic calming measures in your road.

    Otherwise it has to be sorted out once the doctor surgery is open. Lots of roads in my area and other areas I've lived where their are parking problems due to things like doctor's surgeries and schools have 8.30-6.30pm parking restrictions. This means non-residents cannot park in the road at all Monday-Friday or Monday-Saturday. Parking attendents are very good at walking up and down the road at specific times and giving people parking tickets as it is easy pickings for them.

    If your road is used as a cut through to the supermarket then if enough residents complain you will end up with with the traffic calming measures. Making your road a dead end or one way normally works out the most effective way of stopping people using it.

    Unfortuantely you are going to have to wait a few months then start complaining to your local councillors and MP about the levels of traffic/parking. (You can do most of your complaints online via email but you need to ensure other residents complain.)
    I'm not cynical I'm realistic :p

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  • Debt_Free_Chick
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    Increase in traffic, access to/from and provision for parking are all material planning considerations. If PP has been granted, I shall be amazed if there are not conditions on both the Supermarket & the Surgery to address these issues.

    Can you find the planning applications online and post a link so we can have a look? We can then give you some pointers.

    If PP has not yet been granted, then you need to raise objections on the issues described above. Again, if you can post a link to the applications, we can give you some suggestions.
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  • tiptoes27
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    Thanks for the quick replies. Both applications have passed planning although there was a great many objections from local residents, particularly to the tesco store. the main problem with the Tesco is that the main road leading to it is single lane and is already very busy so I am sure people will find alternative routes to avoid the traffic, one of which would be my road.

    As to the Doctors surgery, I have phoned the planning department to ask about parking provision and been told there will only be seven places for staff and patients will have to park in the road. The surgery is on the corner of my road and a main road which is a red route, so they will not be able to park there, which only leaves my road. The application was turned down first time round because of concerns over parking and over developpment, but passed on appeal.

    I really do not want to live in a busy congested road. Do you think this would have an effect on my house value? maybe I should move now. The Doctors will be open in about 6 months and the Tesco in about one year.

    I am quite new to the internet so do not know how access the planning and post the link. I will try later today and give it a go!
  • LandyAndy
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    Perhaps having easy access to a large supermarket (even a Tesco :D ) and being close to a Doctor will be seen as positive features of your property?

    Just a thought.;)
  • Woby_Tide
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    go to www.ukplanning.co.uk select your council from the link, then do a search on appplications you can probably do that by street name, even that link should allow people to access the doctors planning permission and requirements
  • DKLS
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    It would put me off big time I would never buy a house on a busy road, and I wouldnt see a Docs surgery or a Supermarket as a positive thing. In fact the supermarket being close would be a huge negative for me, Loads of increased traffic, Artic deliveries at all hours. Kids skateboarding there at night.
    If it was me I would sell up, and find the quiet that you want.
  • Debt_Free_Chick
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    Thanks for the quick replies. Both applications have passed planning although there was a great many objections from local residents, particularly to the tesco store. the main problem with the Tesco is that the main road leading to it is single lane and is already very busy so I am sure people will find alternative routes to avoid the traffic, one of which would be my road.

    It would be staggering if the approved plans did not include the construction of a new road system! This is how Tesco (and the other big brutes) get their plans passed!!!! They pay massive amounts to reconstruct the access routes and submit this as part of the plans. There is no way that the planners could have agreed to the massive delivery trucks (let alone the customers) using a single lane road - no way!

    Link to the planning application possible? If not, then make sure you study the whole application - the plans and especially the Decision Notice - in full detail to see what is proposed.

    It's possible that your road will not be affected at all.

    The Surgery is a different issue - but, again, look at the application including the appeal - there are bound to be conditions attached.

    Until you know what the planning permission means, you can't really assess the impact and you might make a decision based on the wrong information.
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  • LandyAndy
    LandyAndy Posts: 26,377 Forumite
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    As planning is already granted and any buyer will find this out during the buying process the damage is to great extent already done.
  • robwend
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    id be off like a shot. we moved off our busy road when we heard it was going to get worse when the airport put in proposels for bigger runway ,a hotel and parking. then the railways want to build a station here. , i was outa there!!!!. i have no idea if the new owners would ever sell it on at a good profit.
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  • Debt_Free_Chick
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    A little balance is needed here. No matter what our personal preferences are - very many people (hundreds of thousands? millions?) live on a "busy road", near a Supermarket/Surgery/Airport/Motorway etc etc ...... even on flood plains ;)

    Their property is not "unsellable" - it's just that it might not appeal to every single buyer. Some buyers actually consider a "Corner Supermarket" to be a bonus. Despite the concerns, there are planning controls which apply, particularly, to new constructions.

    I may be flogging a dead horse here, but it seems to me that any potential blight on this property can only be assessed knowing what the plans are. They may well be bad news - they might not be. Is there a proposal to block off one end of the OP's road making a no-through route impossible? :confused: What impact would that have? :confused:

    Link anyone?
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