Sadiq Khan plans for Havering's new housing developments to have minimal parking
PUBLISHED: 13:00 06 July 2017
People moving into new developments in the borough may be forced to abandon their cars and become dependent upon public transport.
London mayor, Sadiq Khan has launched a public consultation into his draft transport strategy which aims to reduce cars on the road.
But controversially, he wants new housing developments – such as the 30,000 Havering Council aim to have built around the borough – to have as little parking as possible.
“All new developments should comprise streets and places where people choose to walk and cycle,” the strategy report states.
“As future developments will be planned around active and sustainable transport modes, they should also be planned to discourage car use.
“Provision for car parking should be minimised.”
But a Havering Council spokeswoman said: “The 2016 London Plan already gives boroughs the flexibility to introduce higher levels of car parking provision for residential developments that have poor public transport accessibility levels (PTAL).
“The council awaits the new parking standards in the forthcoming new London Plan, expected to be published later this year.”
This “flexibility” was actually an amendment to the 2016’s London Plan, forced through by GLA members so that outer London borough’s could increase parking.
But Cllr Graham Williamson (IRG, South Hornchurch) said although the amendment exists, it has not yet been adopted into the council’s existing local plan written in 2008.
This is also currently being reviewed and a new draft may be revealed at a full council meeting on July 26. It may then be superseded by a new London Plan.
Cllr Williamsom said it was a “race against time” for the amendment to be included in the updated the local plan before a new London Plan is published.
“Havering councillors have been pushing for well over a year for the implementation of an amendment to the London Plan of 2016,” he said.
“This [transport strategy] might threaten that amendment and I would urge our planners to implement councillor wishes in the pending local plan.”
Orchard Village, Rainham, resident Colin Nickless added: “Whilst I agree with its intentions, I can only see problems,” he said.
“The plans are dependent on residents using public transport yet, as we have seen with the ongoing issues with the C2C, the service is struggling to meet demand in peak times.”
The consultation will be open until Friday October 27. To take part click here.