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Regular feature: Issue 502 5 Sep 2008

Fears of parking ‘free for all’ if DCLG scraps national standards

Government proposals to scrap national maximum parking standards in England and encourage office development outside town centres have split opinion within the planning and business communities. Andrew Forster sifts through the responses to the Department of Communities and Local Government’s consultation

By Andrew Forster

More than 300 organisations from across the public and private sectors have responded to the Government’s draft plans to relax planning rules in England in order to foster economic development. Two of the most hotly debated parts of the proposals concern transport: namely, the proposed abolition of national maximum parking standards and a relaxation of the ‘town centre first’ policy for new office development.

Though originating from the Department for Communities and Local...

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