New parking regulations
- 24th September 2008
- Landlord Property News
Landlords who encounter problems with parking for their tenants can take heart, new regulations have been introduced. Read on to find out the dos and don'ts.
From the 1st October, 2008 the permitted developments rights for domestic front gardens has been changed. The Communities & Local Government and Environment Agency has released a document entitled 'Guidance on the permeable surfacing of front gardens' and in it outlines the new directive.
The basic outline from the guide is as follows: "From 1st October 200 the permitted development rights that allow householders to pave their front garden for hardstanding without planning permission have changed.
"Planning permission is now required to lay traditional impermeable driveways that allow uncontrolled runoff of rainwater from front gardens onto roads, because this can contribute to flooding and pollution of watercourses.
"If a new driveway or parking area is constructed using permeable surfaces such as permeable concrete block paving, porous asphalt or gravel, or it the water is otherwise able to soak into the ground you will not require planning permission.
"The new rules wil also apply where existing hardstandings are being replaced. The new rules apply to hard surface exceeding 5 square metres in area."
This new ruling will give landlords more flexibility in offering parking for tenants, especially in house shares where there could be more than one car.
If a new driveway or parking area is constructed using permeable surfaces...you will not require planning permission.
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