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Household Growth Green Paper

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 26 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what guidance he (a) has issued and (b) plans to issue to local authorities regarding the development of more flexible parking standards in urban areas, as proposed in the Household Growth Green Paper (Cm 3471), paragraphs 5.30 and 5.33. [17715]

Existing Planning Policy Guidance on Transport (PPG13) encourages local authorities to be flexible in the requirements for off-street residential parking space and reduce them or waive them where necessary in order to provide good-quality and affordable high-density development in areas with good access to other means of travel.We are considering parking issues for them in the current review of transport policy, the results of which will be published as a White Paper next spring.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many responses to the Green Paper "Household Growth: Where Shall We Live" (Cm 3471) have supported the proposal to phase the release of land in paragraph 4.33; and if he plans to implement this proposal. [17718]

Nearly 100 responses out of the approximately 700 received supported the concept of phasing. We are considering all the issues raised by the Green Paper and will announce our decisions in due course.