As LGTAG members and most people involved with Transport and Planning know, maximum parking provision standards in new developments are a very important tool in the planning and development of our towns and this isn’t new but dates at least back to Buchanan’s advice in Traffic in Towns in 1963. Unfortunately it seems possible that the review of NPPF will not reiterate the importance of maximum standards.
Accordingly LGTAG with CIHT, TPS, LFACS and CBT have recently written to the government as in the attached edited word version of the e-mail sent to government.
We have suggested a wording for Standards as follows:
delete first sentence of draft revised NPPF para 107; and
- substitute with:
“Local planning authorities should set local parking standards for residential and non-residential uses, expressed as maximum parking standards, taking into account:
- the location of the development;
- its accessibility by and availability of public transport;
- the type, mix and use of development; and
- the overall need to reduce the use of high-emission vehicles. “