according to Sunday Business (p2).
If implemented, the proposals would dramatically reduce the number of car parking spaces allocated to new developments. For example, an average-size supermarket built in a town centre would receive just
25 parking spaces instead of the usual 500 and out-of-town stores would receive no allocation at all.
Jones Lang Wootton.
The report, Parking Standards in the South East, was comissioned and published by the DETR and Mr Prescott is now considering whether to incorporate the plans in the regional planning guidance for the
south east, which will be published early next year. The document was not sent to retailers.
Peter Sitch, public affairs controller at Safeway and a former member of the Labour party working group Planning for Prosperity, said: 'We are surprised that a paper that has such a profound implication
has not been circulated more widely and was not launched through the usual consultation channels'.
Other recommendations in the report include the restraint of residential parking in locations with good access to facilities and to public transport.
A DETR spokesman stressed that the report was not government policy. 'This is an independent research report, which we will consider alongside other submissions'.