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Policy T6.3 Retail parking


  1. The maximum parking standards set out in Table 10.5 should be applied to new retail development.
  2. To make the most efficient use of land, the starting point for assessing the need for parking provision at all new retail development should be the use of existing public provision, such as town centre parking.
  3. Opportunities should be sought to make the most of all existing parking, for example using office parking for retail outside working hours. Where shared parking is identified, overall provision should be reduced to make better use of land and more intensively use the parking that remains.
  4. If on-site parking is justified it should be publicly-available.
  5. Disabled persons parking should be provided as set out in Policy T6.5 Non-residential disabled persons parking.

Table 10.5 - Maximum retail parking standards

LocationMaximum parking provision
Central Activities Zone and all areas of PTAL 5-6Car-free
Inner London, Outer London Opportunity Areas, Outer London retail below 500 sqm Up to 1 space per 75 sqm gross internal area (GIA)
Rest of outer LondonUp to 1 space per 50 sqm (GIA)

Retail developments are significant trip attractors and should be located in places that are well-connected by public transport. Many retail trips are potentially walkable or cycleable, and improving the attractiveness of these modes through improved public realm and the application of the Healthy Streets Approach will support the vitality of London’s many town centres and high streets. As such, car parking provision should be kept to a minimum and space should be used for activities that create vibrancy and contribute to the formation of liveable neighbourhoods.

As with office parking, any provision that is made should be carefully managed so that is does not undermine the attractiveness of alternatives to the car.