Friday 21 July 2006 11.51am
I just meant that it was a bit over the top imho to draw a causal line starting with change of use of car parking spaces and ending in "everyone getting their car biffed".
I'd imagined that the amount they charge for residential car spaces (£15k/space, as Siduhe says above) would be an amount set so that the developers make "enough" return on their money. Therefore, my train of logic runs that if anyone wanted a residential space, and if there were spare spaces going, then the developers would be happier to sell the spaces as residential ones.
Add to that the fact that anyone who wants a residential space is probably likely to have that requirement as a condition of buying a (much more expensive) flat in the development, I would have thought that residents were in the driving seat in any negotiations (unless the supermarket was prepared to pay a heck of a lot more per space, and then build that into their cost structure).
And if there was always going to be parking for hte shops, then any potential residents would know that before buying (and would presumably weigh up any inconvenience caused by that against the convenience of having a supermarket downstairs).
...if you press it, they will come.