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…As Milton claims Parker Morris standards will not apply to private schemes

London Mayor Boris Johnson’s newly appointed Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning Simon Milton has confirmed that the proposed reintroduction of the 1960s Parker Morris space standards will not apply to private developments.

Speaking at the Planning in London in a new Political and Economic Climate conference yesterday (14 July), Milton said the standards ‘should [only] apply to the capital’s social housing’.

When Johnson first unveiled his plans for minimum space rules at the London Festival of Architecture launch party last month, there was no mention that private homes would be exempt from the standards – already nicknamed Parker Boris standards.

However Milton's latest comments appear to kibosh any rollout of the standards across the house-building industry.

At the conference, organised by New London Architecture, Milton went on to scotch reports that proposals for Parliament Square – drawn up by DSDHA, Hawkins\Brown and Vogt Architects – had been shelved (AJ online 10.07.08).

He said: ‘It is not the case that they have been scrapped. I’d change that to being reviewed. There is going to be presentation to the mayor on the scheme.’

He added: ‘There are certainly issues with traffic. And nobody would thank Boris if he spent £18 million on a scheme which caused traffic gridlock.’

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