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Car ownership in new developments

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 11th March 2020.

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Photo of Leonie Cooper Leonie Cooper Labour

Centre for London has recently argued that new developments are locking residents into car ownership via car-centric design. How are you combatting this?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Centre for London’s report raises a number of important issues, though the data it uses on new development is based on homes built between 2004 and 2009, surveyed in 2011 on behalf of TfL. The policies in my new London Plan, including concentrating new development in well-connected areas and applying maximum car parking standards (as noted in the report), will significantly reduce car dependency in new homes. Car-free development – with the exception of disabled persons parking – will be required across much of inner London and well-connected parts of outer London, with clear maximum limits elsewhere.

New developments will be expected to be designed around people walking, cycling and using public transport, provide sufficient quantities of good-quality cycle parking and make financial contributions to improvements to sustainable travel infrastructure in the local area as appropriate. This is in line with the ambitious mode shift aim in my Transport Strategy.