Earlier this year I reacted with dismay to the then-planning minister Nick Boles letter to the Mayor demanding that London get rid of strategic car parking standards. These standards, which set a maximum limit for the number of spaces per residential unit depending on local circumstances, have been instrumental to encouraging sustainable development across the capital. They are one of the reasons London has had the quickest shift out of the car and onto bikes, buses, and feet of any city in the world.
That’s why I am speaking on behalf of a motion this morning at the London Assembly, rejecting the former minister’s assertions and calling on London to maintain its right to set standards.
You can watch the session live from 10am (though the motion won’t be raised until after 11.30am) here.