London mayor Sadiq Khan to BAN new homes from having parking spaces in a drive to cut car use in the capital.
Under the scheme, parking spaces will not be allowed as part of residential developments which have the best public transport links, while new offices in the centre of the capital will not be able to include commuter or visitor parking. The idea is part of the mayor's London Plan - which is about to go up for consultation - and would affect central and inner areas of the city from as early as Autumn 2019 if it gets voted through. Spaces for disabled people to park will still be allowed and cycle parking will be increased in several areas, including outside shops and student accommodation. The measures, which will be subject to a public consultation, represent the latest in a series of efforts to boost air quality. But the plan has been slammed as 'short-sighted' by critics, who fear that public transport outside London is not good enough for many people. RAC roads policy spokesman Nick Lyes said: 'These proposals are very short-sighted. They fail to recognize that cars will still be required for a high proportion of journeys between London and other parts of the UK poorly served by public transport. The Mayor also runs the risk that car owners will inevitably seek on-road parking if there is no off-road car parking provision, which could bring chaos to some nearby streets.' But Friends of the Earth clean air campaigner Oliver Hayes believes it needs to tackled.
He said: 'No 21st-century city should be built around the private car and all its associated problems.