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Parking: Planning Permission

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on influencing levels of (a) car ownership and (b) car use through the planning system. (294879)

Planning policy influences car ownership by requiring maximum car parking standards to be applied to both residential and commercial developments, as described in Planning Policy Guidance Note 13: Transport (PPG 13).

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2009, Official Report, column 2070W, on planning permission: parking, whether following the revision of Planning Policy Statement 3 the maximum parking standards for residential parking introduced in Planning Policy Guidance 13 are (a) guidelines for or (b) binding on local authorities. (295850)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) on 16 October 2009, Official Report, columns 1136-37W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2009, Official Report, column 2070W, on planning permission: parking, what maximum parking standards for residential parking are in place in each of the regional spatial strategies. (295851)

Planning Policy Statement 3 (PPS3) asks Local planning authorities to develop residential parking policies for their area. pps3 does not require regional spatial strategies to set residential parking policies for their area and there are no maximum standards in place in regional spatial strategies other then in London. In London, maximum parking standards for residential parking are in place as follows:

Predominant housing type bed units

Car parking provision

4+1 bed units

2-1.5 spaces per unit

3 bed units

1.5-1 space per unit space

1-2 bed units

1 to less than 1 per unit per unit space per unit