Car Free Private Rented Scheme (PRS)
Case study

Car Free Private Rented Scheme (PRS)

This London site next to Battersea Reach comprises existing uses of a petrol filling station (PFS) and ancillary convenience store.

Transport Planning
Infrastructure Design
Environmental Assessment



The proposals involve the construction of a new seven story 80 unit PRS residential development above the new PFS, which will be rebuilt, modernised and incorporating a slightly larger convenience store.


The proposed residential development is to operate as a ‘car-free’ scheme; however it was important to provide effective servicing and disabled parking arrangements without impeding the operation of the PFS.

It was also important to demonstrate that the site could operate effectively on a ‘car-free’ basis and that there were adequate sustainable travel opportunities for the new residents in the local area.


Due to the size constraints at the site, an effective servicing solution for the residential element of the development was found by the provision of a shared use loading bay flush with the footway, so as not to impede pedestrian movement when not in use, located adjacent to the main service entrance of the residential development to minimise carry distances and allow on-street refuse collection to be undertaken.

The ‘car-free’ operation of the proposed residential development was justified by use of census data which demonstrated a low car use by residents of the local area and the site’s high level of accessibility by sustainable travel modes. This justification was supported by a generous on-site cycle parking provision, the fact there are numerous car clubs and cycle hire points located in the area and the results of a parking survey which indicated that there is sufficient overnight on-street parking capacity to accommodate the need of a very small proportion of residents who may need to operate a private motor vehicle.

We produced a Transport Statement report focusing on the site’s non-car accessibility. Working closely with Wandsworth Council and Transport for London (TfL), the layby design details were agreed and the scheme has subsequently received planning consent.

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