The State Government says there is adequate parking to handle the increased demand expected to be generated by the proposed eight-storey retail and office complex in Frankston. This follows concern from the Committee for Greater Frankston over the method used to calculate the number of car spaces necessary for the $116 million development at Bayside Shopping Centre.
Committee CEO Ginevra Hosking said in a letter to Mornington Peninsula Magazine this week that the calculation of parking spaces to meet planning law requirements for the development was “a Ponzi scheme” because it double-counted existing spaces, and that there was in fact a total shortfall of 735 spaces.
However, in a statement to Morn Pen Mag today, a Government spokeswoman said: “Proposed parking provisions combined with the existing level of carparking capacity and vacancy in the Bayside Shopping Centre is considered adequate to meet demands generated by the redevelopment.”
The Government maintains previous studies of parking spaces at Bayside have found there are generally a minimum of 578 carparking vacancies in the shopping centre at any typical trading time. “The provision of carparking for the project is considered acceptable based on the existing levels of carparking capacity and due to patterns of usage and vacancy. Also taken into consideration is the site’s location in a major activity centre close to public transport, including Frankston station.”