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Parking: Planning

Volume 471: debated on Wednesday 30 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will (a) direct or (b) encourage local planning authorities to revise local plan policies on parking standards in the light of the changes in planning policy statement 3 and the repeal of Planning Policy Guidance 3. (183257)

Planning Policy Statement 3 "Housing" (PPS3) does not prescribe car parking standards for new residential development. Rather, it introduces a more flexible approach to the local provision of car parking by giving local planning authorities the ability to set their own residential parking policies, taking account of expected levels of car ownership, the importance of promoting good design and the need to use land efficiently.

The policies in PPS3, including that relating to car parking provision for new residential development, should be taken into account by local planning authorities in the preparation of their local development frameworks. They should also be regarded as material considerations in the determining of planning applications for new housing development which may supersede the policies in existing development plans.