To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 17 June 2021 to Question 17790 on Parking: Urban Areas, if his Department will take steps to encourage local authorities to (a) reduce car parking in urban areas and (b) prioritise the introduction of active travel schemes and more sustainable means of transport.
The responsibility for traffic management on local roads and the provision or restriction of off-street or on-street parking rests with the relevant local authority as they are best placed to consider how to balance the needs of residents, emergency services, local business and those who work in and visit the area.
In Summer 2020 the Prime Minister launched ambitious plans to boost walking and cycling in England, with a vision for half of all journeys in towns and cities to be cycled or walked by 2030. This commitment is backed with £2 billion of investment over five years and was followed by the publication of Gear Change: One Year On, on 30 July 2021 which increased funding for cycling and walking to £338 million this financial year and highlighted what has been achieved in the past twelve months. More broadly, the National Planning Policy Framework outlines to local authorities the expectation that opportunities to promote walking and cycling should be considered at the earliest stages of plan making and development proposals.