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Planning Permission: Parking

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what planning policy guidance is in force in relation to the use of car parking charges in developments to encourage alternative modes of transport. (254767)

Planning Policy Guidance note 13: Transport (PPG13), published in 2001, asks local authorities to use parking charges to encourage use of alternative modes of transport. Regional Transport Strategies should set out the longer term objectives, ensure consistency and avoid wasteful competition between locations. Within this framework, local authorities should set appropriate levels and charges for parking in their local transport plans that do not undermine the vitality of town centres. Local authorities can refuse permission for developments that are not in accordance with the policies set out in their plans.