Parking standards

MQT on 2009-09-09
Session date: 
September 9, 2009
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How precisely do the parking standards for new developments in suburban areas of a) Paris and b) Berlin compare to the maximum standard of 1 space/100m2 in outer London?


Answer for Parking standards

Answer for Parking standards

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Both Paris and Berlin set minimum standards for car parking provision, rather than the maximum standards used in London.

However, in Paris the minimum has recently been set to zero at new developments. The Mayor of Paris would have liked to restrict car parking further by setting maximum standards but is currently unable to do so.

In December 2007, Berlin removed the requirement for minimum provision of car parking at developments. Berlin now only has minimum parking standards for disabled car parking and cycle parking.

Pressures on land and road space necessitate maximum standards here in London. Different standards are set for Central, Inner and Outer London with a maximum of 1 space / 100m2 for new office developments in Outer London (as set out in Annex 4 of the London Plan). The standard offers a flexible range of 1 parking space / 100 - 600m2. Parking provision may exceed the range if 'there is an identified regeneration need' or fall below the range in 'locations with higher PTALs (public transport accessibility levels)'.

The standards for parking provision at new office developments in Outer London are being reviewed for the updated version of the London Plan in line with recommendations from the Outer London Commission. The London Plan will set maximum standards, whilst emphasising the need for a flexible approach to reflect London's diversity and ensure consistency across borough and authority boundaries.