New government guidelines to back people who rent out their driveways to commuters after councils have reportedly threatened to levy fines if planning permission is not obtained.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has backed households who rent out their driveways for helping working people park easier and cheaply and providing families with a means to make spare cash. The guidance states that homeowners can rent a single parking space without planning permission ‘provided there is no public nuisance to neighbours, or other substantive concerns’ making a clear distinction between renting out a single space and commercial use.
It is clear that there are concerns about people changing gardens into car parks with a spokesman from the Local Government Association highlighting the purpose of the council to ensure that people are not altering the character of the neighbourhood. He stated ‘people don’t want to wake up one morning to find that their neighbour is operating a parking lot.’
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