property valuers brisbane is over a year since the 1999 draft of PPG13 was issued, and many months since the consultation period ended. We believe the whole of the development planning ‘industry’ is concerned that the position must be clarified, and local authorities put in a position where they can give consistent advice to prospective developers.
During the summer of 2000, Symonds issued a questionnaire to each English local planning authority, in similar fashion to the 1998 survey. About 60% of authorities replied and, whilst it is disappointing that so many could not find time to respond, Symonds and the BPF are grateful to those who did. However, for ease of reference the Figures in Appendix A show the data on maximum parking standards diagrammatically.
Figures 1 and 3 show results from the 1998 survey, whilst Figures 2 and 4, show in similar fashion, the results from the current survey. Responses on the maximum parking standards used by planning authorities show that 75% have current maximum B1 parking ratios of more than 1:35, i.e. from 1:15 upwards.
That suggests many planning authorities have yet to amend their standards in line with emerging planning guidance – perhaps not surprising given that the PPG 13 1999 consultation draft figure of 1:35 maximum has not yet been confirmed. The year 2000 survey has shown that 52% of planning authorities have a maximum B1 parking ratio of 1:25 or more, i.e. from 1:15 upwards.
That compares with 60% in the 1998 survey, and could indicate that both the emerging policy figure, and the general policy thrust to reduce parking, are being taken into account. However, given the small difference in the two figures, and the reduced sample size in the year 2000 survey, it difficult to draw too positive a conclusion on that. 75% of responses indicated that standards are under review, whereas in the 1998 survey only 48% of authorities were in the process of doing so.