Car free housing

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We have been successfully securing car-free housing since 1997 in traffic congested and polluted areas, and in areas with good access to public transport. These areas typically include the central London area and our town centres.

Car-free housing schemes generally have no car parking within the site and occupiers are not issued with on-street parking permits. However, allowances can be made for people with disabilities who are blue badge holders.

Car-free developments are secured through planning agreements between us and developers through Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act, 1990.

We encourage car-free development in locations that are:

  • In the Central London area
  • In our town centres
  • In other areas which are easily accessible by public transport
  • Within highly stressed controlled parking zones

Car-free development helps to:

  • Make Camden a less car dependant place to live, work and visit
  • Reduce traffic congestion and pollution
  • Improve the quality of the environment
  • Encourage more sustainable and efficient travel (on foot, by cycle, and by public transport)

Car-free development is supported by the National Planning Policy Framework, as well as their urban white paper titled: ‘Our towns and cities: the future - delivering an urban renaissance’ (DETR 2000). It is also supported at a regional and local level by the following:

  • London Plan
  • Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy
  • Camden Core Strategy (CS11 – Promoting sustainable and efficient travel)
  • Camden Development Policies (DP18 – Parking standards and limiting the availability of car parking)
  • Camden Transport Strategy
  • Camden Planning Guidance (CPG7 Transport)


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