PPG13 — Parking Planning Restrictions
PPG13 (Planning Policy Guidance 13) was conjured up by that well known friend of the motorist, John Prescott.
It was a nasty little trick that the Labour government imposed to intentionally deny planning permission for an adequate number of parking spaces on all new developments. This means that they deliberately approved fewer spaces than they knew were needed. For example, under government anti-car planning guidelines, developers could provide a maximum of 1.5 parking spaces for each new home built.

With many households needing two cars, this stupid, naive and idealistic policy totally ignored the wishes of the public and led to an increase in on-road parking.

This in turn compromised road safety, emergency service access, bus access, and the quality of life of people living on these developments.

At the same time, authorities actively prevented parking on some roads for no reason other than to inconvenience drivers. Result — people had to find somewhere further away to park, at greater expense and/or inconvenience.

PPG13 is in essence the means by which John Prescott tried to force drivers to switch to public transport by preventing them from having anywhere to park their cars. Like so many of the Labour governments anti-car policies this was not done openly, but by adopting the less obvious technique of effectively forcing local authorities to abide by anti-car planning 'guidelines'.
"Current planning policy guidance on new housing is tantamount to a war against cars, forcing us to provide insufficient car parking spaces on new developments. We cannot build double garages or even provide two parking spaces, an absurdity in the context of the two-car needs of most couples and families."
"It means builders are pushed into doing something which they know doesn't work, but nobody is listening. The consultation paper issued by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott on revisions to the PPG13 planning guidelines completely ignore the problem."
Philip Davies
Chief Executive
Linden Homes

"We recently built 46 apartments in the heart of Reading with 26 permitted parking spaces, and the first 26 to sell had their own spaces."
"Under the PPG3 planning guidance note, our customers are supposed to use buses and trains - but the transport infrastructure simply doesn't exist to satisfactory standards in most areas."
"In Milton Keynes, we are trying to sell a five-bedroomed house at £400,000-plus with single garage and one parking space - and this specific point makes it difficult to find a buyer. We wanted a double garage and two further spaces, but planners wouldn't hear of it."
Nicholas Smith
Land, Planning and Design Director
Centex UK

Thankfully, the conservative government scrapped PPG13 in January 2011. Unfortunately, people living on housing estates blighted by it's restrictions, will have to put up with the damage that has already been done for several generations at least.


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