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Posted: 19.08.14

Call to end 'vicious cycle' of insufficient parking for new homes

Call to end 'vicious cycle' of insufficient parking for new homes

Housebuilders and developers may find in future that they need to build more parking spaces alongside new homes, after a call by local government secretary Eric Pickles to tighten parking standards.

Current standards are deemed arbitrary and counter-productive, as they restrict builders from allocating an appropriate number of parking spaces, causing residents to park on the road.

As a result, local governments are forced to impose greater restrictions and fines, something Pickles wants to see addressed.  His department has now published new planning guidance for consultation, in order to improve the quality and quantity of parking.

“No space at home leaves no space on the road,” explains Eric Pickles.  “We need to cease this vicious cycle that leaves our streets endlessly clogged-up. Allowing the market to offer enough parking spaces will help take the pressure off our congested roads.”