Council not granting parking permits to new refurb tenants?

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2 years ago

Council not granting parking permits to new refurb tenants?

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Council not granting parking permits to new refurb tenants?

I have just completed a refurbishment of a property from two flats to five.parking permit

The new tenants have complained that they cannot get car parking permits for the new development as car spaces are assumed to be provided.

There were car permits for the previous 2 flats. Car space does exist, but is at the rear of the property down a long gated lane

As full council tax payers why shouldn’t they have equal rights to other residents of the street.

Is this common practice?

Many thanks



rita chawla

2 years ago

Yes I work for the council and if your planning application has been approved with the understanding that car park space will be provided, then council reserves the right not to provide any car park spaces on road. This is done as many times there are not enough spaces on road compared to the number of existing residents in the area. If that's the case, it is fair and legal for the council to say so.


2 years ago

I suppose it depends on how much competition there is for the public street parking. If spaces are typically hard to find, so one is regularly forced to park in neighbouring streets and walk home (as happens in many town centres with Victorian-era housing densities in the south east), I don't really see what your tenants are complaining about: they should regard themselves as lucky to have their own dedicated parking spaces to the rear of the property. Councils habitually allocate more permits than there are spaces, so my experience of parking permit areas is that drivers face a constant battle for spaces.

At least they have the possibility of securing a parking space. The large Kennet Island development in Reading (three miles from the central station) was only allowed by the planners to allocate one parking space per flat, with no street parking and no spaces provided for personal guests, visiting tradespeople or any resident who runs a business and works from a transit-type van. I asked the planners and the housebuilders what dual-earning couples or flatshare tenants living in these flats were meant to do if they had more than one car, and was told "someone will have to use public transport". In Reading and Oxford it is an overt planning policy to make life as hard as possible for anyone thinking of using a car to get to work or for leisure purposes.

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