TfL Planning Comments

MQT on 2012-09-19
Session date: 
September 19, 2012
Question By: 
Roger Evans
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Transport for London, when making comments on planning applications to local authorities, often demands that the level of parking is reduced, regardless of the impact on the local economy or on residential amenity. Will you encourage TfL to take a more flexible approach to ensure that local needs are fully taken into account, especially in outer London?


Answer for TfL Planning Comments

Answer for TfL Planning Comments

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Yes. We are trying to be as effective as possible and we are looking at how, particularly in the London plan, we can make adjustments to have further flexibility, particularly in outer London.

Roger Evans (AM): Well, that is a very welcome response. With some of our outer London town centres of course, we need to have parking to help to rejuvenate the town centres and improve the economic situation there. So when we have proposals for developments there that include parking it would be helpful if Transport for London (TfL) did not try to get the numbers of parking places put down when local people have decided that those are the numbers that we need to have to resource that retail project.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): There is always going to be tension between the need to prevent traffic congestion and the desire of developers to have a lot of parking spaces. I hear it the whole time. I remind everybody the TfL trainees or the TfL guys who are now leaving, do not forget most journeys in outer London by car are barely more than a mile in length. It is absolutely crazy for everybody to be stuck behind their steering wheels when they could be seeking alternative -- well, they are all just disappearing. They are going off to make life even better for London and for Londoners, which is what they have been doing successfully over the last four years. Thank you very much TfL. No, they are fed up with the porosity of decent questions from the Assembly. The complete failure. I mean, here I have been more generous, more open, more transparent than almost any time in history and you have failed to lay a glove on me, yet again.

Darren Johnson (Chair): Well, let us assume that our TfL graduates have learnt everything they need to know from the Assembly and this Mayor's Question Time. Let us get back to the point about parking provisions.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Anyway, so that is the trade off we have to manage.

Roger Evans (AM): May I just make the point on residential developments. Not least because a future Commissioner (of TfL) may have been in the audience just now for all we know. That restricting parking places on residential developments often leads to an overflow of unwanted parking into neighbouring streets. Should that not be something that TfL bear in mind when they comment on those proposals as well?

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Of course. You have to be realistic. Then on the other hand we want, as far as we possibly can, to stop people making unnecessary trips by car, which causes pointless congestion.

Darren Johnson (Chair): Thank you. We will move on to the next question on the order paper then, which is in the name of Jenny Jones asking will you look at reducing or removing exemptions from the congestion charges for certain vehicles.