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    • knightstyle
    • By knightstyle 5th Jan 20, 7:12 PM
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    knightstyle
    Parking spaces at home vent.
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    • 5th Jan 20, 7:12 PM
    Parking spaces at home vent. 5th Jan 20 at 7:12 PM
    So we have always had problems parking at home. Built 2006-7, mix of 3 and 4 bed houses plus a block of flats.
    Only 1 parking place per dwelling and no visitors parking.
    As can be imagined this leads to parking on pavements, roads too narrow otherwise and pushchairs have to be used in the middle of the road! Not very safe.
    So as ther is another similar development planned nearby I thought I would look at moving there. But the parking will be thesame! Who in this day thinks that is OK?

    Guidelines state:
    2 or 3 bed dwellings
    Urban 0-1/2 Space per flat
    Sub urban 1 space per dwelling within
    curtilage plus 0.5 space communal
    Rural 1 space per dwelling within
    curtilage plus 0.5 space communal
    4 bed or greater dwellings
    Urban 1 Space
    Sub urban 2 space per dwelling within
    curtilage plus 0.5 space communal
    Rural 2 space per dwelling within
    curtilage plus 0.5 space communal

    So a three bed house has 0 or 1/2 a parking place!
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    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 10th Jan 20, 9:16 AM
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    We bought the house whilst living in France as we always wanted to retire to the UK. New build seemed best and we never thought we would end up living here for more than a month or two but the house is hard to sell so we are still here!
    Originally posted by knightstyle
    You bought a house even though you thought you'd only live there a few months?
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    • parkrunner
    • By parkrunner 12th Jan 20, 6:53 PM
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    We've had some blocks of flats built around here with no parking spaces at all. It encourages people to work and shop in their own town, could be why our shopping centre is thriving.
    It's nothing , not nothink.
    • A Lert
    • By A Lert 14th Jan 20, 3:05 PM
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    A Lert
    Local councils discourage too much parking as they're trying to discourage car use, so really such new developments are aimed at people without cars. Those with multiple cars really need to buy homes elsewhere where there is more parking.
    Originally posted by Pennywise

    This. Since driving, and by implication car ownership, are regarded as bad for the environment, it's pretty much policy now to try and make owning a car rubbish. The government thinks no parking will encourage people to give up their cars. What it actually encourages people to do is park like idiots.
    • knightstyle
    • By knightstyle 14th Jan 20, 7:20 PM
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    We would give up our car IF there was adequate alternative transport.
    There are NO busses on Sundays and trying to get anywhere on other days is not easy either. To get to the hospital involves 5 busses and long waits in exposed locations with no shelter.
    • custardy
    • By custardy 15th Jan 20, 12:06 PM
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    Whats needed is an entire shift in peoples view of car ownership.
    The 'right' to get free on street parking will need to come under focus.

    On many many street/roads you could install safe segregated cycling provision,widen pavements,improve the quality of the space and encourage less car use.
    However propose removing parking spaces and people lose their mind.

    Now to be clear Im in a new build with tiny driveway I dont really use.
    I park on the road.
    So a hypocrite,yup.
    However if that parking provision/right was removed I would need to use my driveway or look to things like car share clubs,parking a distance away or whatever.

    Before anyone does. Dont you dare come at me with road tax.....
    • custardy
    • By custardy 15th Jan 20, 12:16 PM
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    As a local, I know the one you mean and it's awful.

    Sorry OP, but I think you need to look at older houses as they have much bigger driveways and wider roads. It's the main reason I bought my 1970's house - space for 4 cars on the driveway and it's probably a similar size to yours.
    Some of the Victorian houses around here have room for up to 8 cars and they're only 4 bedroom - overkill for most but ideal if you have a work van / caravan etc

    Slightly off topic, but I also can't stand how narrow the roads are on these new estates. This 'pinch every spare inch possible' thing with new estates absolutely ruins them for me.
    Originally posted by mattyprice4004
    or the new current trend of no pavements at all. The' shared' space.
    Plenty of new estates coming up in Scotland at least where they do this. no pavements and average at best road widths.
    always seem to use block paving too which looks great till its gets uneven and has weeds coming through.
    • knightstyle
    • By knightstyle 20th Jan 20, 6:58 PM
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    New large estate being built next to ours has roads 5.5M wide and again only 1 off road parking place per dwelling. Just wish those who approve these plans lived in them and not in their large detached houses with double garages up the road.
    • parkrunner
    • By parkrunner 21st Jan 20, 11:49 AM
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    New large estate being built next to ours has roads 5.5M wide and again only 1 off road parking place per dwelling. Just wish those who approve these plans lived in them and not in their large detached houses with double garages up the road.
    Originally posted by knightstyle
    And yet those properties on the new estate will sell, so people know what they are getting before moving in.
    It's nothing , not nothink.
    • tempus_fugit
    • By tempus_fugit 21st Jan 20, 11:22 PM
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    or the new current trend of no pavements at all. The' shared' space.
    Plenty of new estates coming up in Scotland at least where they do this. no pavements and average at best road widths.
    always seem to use block paving too which looks great till its gets uneven and has weeds coming through.
    Originally posted by custardy
    Yes, our estate is like that (and we are in Scotland). The councils defend it as “traffic claming”, but don’t seem to realise that they are effectively using pedestrians as a human shield to that end. It doesn’t slow the car drivers down, it just makes you wary of walking along the road. Road widths should be narrowing in places, to slow the traffic down, and pavements provided at all points to keep pedstrians and road traffic apart.
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