London architects have been working to the comprehensive review of cycle and parking standards contained in the London Plan that was published in November 2013.
Starting on 15 January 2014, the Mayor of London commenced public consultation on further alterations to the London Plan (FALP). These include amendments to the Cycle-Parking minimum standards and car-parking maximum standards. Consultation has finished and examination in public wis scheduled for autumn this year with adoption in mid-2015. As residential architects we need to factor them in to the current design stages of projects that will need to comply.
Guidance on maximum, car-parking standards for residential dwellings is already provided in the 2012 Housing Supplementary Planning Guidance. The Further Alterations to the London Plan incorporates these and the standards have also been amended to encourage reductions in parking levels for residential schemes.
Developments in areas that have a good level of public transport accessibility will be restricted to less than 1 space per dwelling zero / car-free schemes will be favoured areas of highest transport accessibility.
Disabled parking and car-charging points are a significant element of parking proposals. London residential architects will be requested to ensure that 20% of parking spaces have charging points with passive provision for an additional 20% in the future.
Key points are reproduced below:
- There remains a lack of secure cycle parking facilities for residential developments. The level of bicycle ownership is much higher than the typical ridership levels within London (50% of Londoners have access to a bicycle whilst only 2% of trips are made by bicycle).
- Parking is proposed to be split between short-stay and long-stay. Short-stay will still be in the form of stands, but long-stay should be secure covered facilities.
- The highest increases in provision will be for:
- visitor (short-stay) parking at A (retail-based) used to support trips to high streets/town centres and leisure trips;
- employee (long-stay) parking at B1 offices; and.
- residents’ (long-stay) parking for 1 and 2 bedroom homes.
All residential dwellings (C3/C4) will require 2 spaces per dwelling above 45 sq.