Parking at new develoments

MQT on 2007-01-30
Session date: 
January 30, 2007
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Do you feel that having smaller car parks at major new retail and commercial developments, would be a more effective way of reducing car use than promises from developers to use high tariff charges?


Answer for Parking at new develoments

Answer for Parking at new develoments

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The London Plan makes it clear that car parking standards are only one mechanism to limit the use of the car and achieve wider objectives. Parking standards should be used in conjunction with the Plan's spatial integration mechanisms, such as matching development to transport capacity and securing workplace travel plans (Policy 3C.2).The fact that the Plan's car parking standards are maximum encourages developers and local planning authorities to design for lower car parking levels and consider car-free solutions ' for example where their Transport Assessment shows the site to have a high PTAL score ' that is to say, public transport accessibility is high.Your question also refers to the additional mechanism of negotiating tariff charges. Where successful, this can bring parking charges in new out-of-centre developments into line with those in town centres, preventing loss of trade from town centres and reducing traffic growth. However, charges negotiated directly with the developer can be difficult to enforce, and there may be problems if the site subsequently changes hands.One possible approach is the direct management of retail and commercial parking by the local authority, secured through planning agreements. This would go one step further, and enable integration with a Council's town centre strategy, and with its `Parking and Enforcement Plan' that now forms part of its statutory Local Implementation Plan (LIP) for transport. It would not be helpful for me to be too prescriptive to London boroughs or developers and advise them to use only one of these tools; particularly as they are not mutually exclusive and can reinforce each other. I would encourage the full range of mechanisms to be used.