Parking Standards MALP

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-02-22
Session date: 
February 22, 2016
Reference: 
2016/0560
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

At a time when congestion in London is getting worse and 9,500 people a year are dying prematurely because of poor air quality, why have you made it easier through your MALP for developers to provide car parking places in outer London and therefore encourage more cars on to our roads?

Answer

Answer for Parking Standards MALP

Answer for Parking Standards MALP

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My minor alterations to the London Plan (MALP) are a positive response to the Government's national policy shift on residential parking. 

These alterations limit increased parking flexibility solely to parts of outer London with demonstrably poor public transport connectivity, and furthermore, to those outer London boroughs that wish to respond to local circumstances by adopting them.  In deciding whether to adopt these locally, outer London boroughs will need to consider the implications for air quality and comply with London Plan policy on emissions.

Without these alterations, my London Plan commitment to continued parking restraint throughout the rest of the capital, and particularly in inner and central London, would have been put at risk.

I am pleased that both the EiP Inspector and the Secretary of State have endorsed the measured and balanced approach to residential parking in London embodied in the parking standards MALP.