This was a new vacant site brought forward as part of a long-term client’s investment portfolio. The project involved gaining consent for a mixed use new-build of small shops and flats above on the edge of a site that has seen significant development recently. The key here was in setting a useable brief for the project architects to work with, and then arguing the case for a vastly reduced parking commitment on site utilising an historic over-supply of parking on street. Despite having the national approach to minimising parking provision in order not to encourage travel by car, the council were very reluctant to take the plunge and accept our proposition. Since a buyer was on hand and speed was of the essence here, orbis carried out a further detailed parking and highways analysis that headed off any lingering arguments that council put forward.