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Urban Areas: Parking

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 28 October 2008, Official Report, column 978W, on urban areas: parking, if she will make it her policy to undertake research into the effects on town centre economies of levels of car parking charges. (251896)

Charges are a matter for individual car park owners and their impact on local economies will depend on many local factors.

The Government will continue to monitor and evaluate the impact and effectiveness of planning policy for town centres from a national perspective, drawing upon annual monitoring reports and other quantitative and qualitative evidence. Local authorities should develop the evidence base for their parking policies in their development plans and local transport plans, undertaking what research they need.