mode transport planning attended the Examination in Public (EiP) for the New London Plan at City Hall, focusing on the topic of car and cycle parking standards (Policy T5 and T6 of the New London Plan). These policies set out the parking standards for new developments and how these should be applied in line with levels of existing and future public transport accessibility. Submissions were provided by the Mayor of London, through Transport for London (TfL) and the Greater London Authority (GLA), along with submissions from various stakeholders, London Borough Council’s, interest groups and third party groups
The New London Plan Policy T6 outlines maximum residential, office, retail, hotel and leisure car parking standards. These standards have been informed by PTAL levels, spatial designations, existing car ownership levels and use classes. Overall, the policy seeks to support ‘car-free’ development in areas of high PTAL (4-6) and restrictive provision in other areas. Policy T6 also focuses on the appropriate provision of disabled persons parking for Blue Badge holders and electric or other Ultra-Low Emission vehicles. Policy T5 outlines minimum cycle parking standards for a variety of use classes both for short stay and long stay users.
During the session, a number of valid opinions were voiced concerning how the cycle and car parking standards outlined in Policies T5 and T6 will affect new residential, office, industrial, retail and non-retail developments over the life time of the Plan. Redevelopment of existing site’s and the impact of the new parking standards was also discussed.
Key discussion points during the Examination focused on the justification for the car and cycle standards and whether these provide a justifiable level of flexibility considering the varying PTAL levels within the individual Borough’s, identified Opportunity Area’s or indeed within a development site itself. Poignant areas of discussion included seeking greater flexibility for car parking standards for retail developments (food and non-food), potentially excessive levels of cycle parking provision and whether the introduction of CPZs will help to create a behavioural change.
mode transport planning will be sure to keep a close eye on how the Mayor responds to this EiP session, ensuring our advice and assistance to existing and future clients is in line with the Mayors aims. The clarification of the cycle and car parking standards within the New London Plan and their eventual application to new developments could help to oversee a modal shift across the Greater London Area. Over time, this will ensure that an increasing level of sustainability is sought after for London’s transport network.