max temp: 13°C

min temp: 12°C


Suffolk/UK: Driveway parking rules are eased – allowing homeowners to rent out space

10:03 21 April 2014

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles launched the scheme in 2012.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles launched the scheme in 2012.

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2011

Local authority rules restricting homeowners from renting out their driveways for short-term parking have been eased after the intervention of local government secretary Eric Pickles.

And that has led to an agency that puts drive owners in touch with motorists to call for more property owners to take advantage of the easing of restrictions.

Mr Pickles spoke out after homeowners said they had been harassed by local authorities when they tried to rent out space in front of their houses.

He said: “Renting out your driveway is a great example of grassroots entrepreneurship. Town halls shouldn’t be stopping hard-working people from making a bit of extra cash from their homes.

“We have cut petty state regulations to make renting out your driveway even easier. This is helping to provide more low-cost parking spaces for commuters, tourists and shoppers.”

Parking website Parkatmyhouse.com has 21 addresses listed in Ipswich, 46 in Colchester, and 10 in Bury St Edmunds. There are also driveways registered in other towns and villages in the area.

Company founder Anthony Eskinazi said: “This new guidance is a triumph of common sense.

“Forcing homeowners to go through the expensive and complicated process of seeking planning permission to rent their spaces was heavy-handed and frankly silly: a house does not stop being a house and become a car park when a parking space is rented.

“By the same logic, everyone renting out a spare room should apply for planning permission to turn their house into a hotel.

“This new guidance will pave the way for thousands more property owners to join the 18,000 who already rent out their driveways.”

1 comment

  • if you rent out your driveway , you should have a key to the vehicle so you can move it if you need an emergency vehicle to come onto your property.

    Report this comment


    Monday, April 21, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Proposals to close a town centre Post Office and relocate it to WH Smiths may be blocked by the borough council over accessibility concerns.

Could the next winner of Britain’s Got Talent be from Ipswich? The acts auditioning at the Ipswich Regent yesterday hoped so.

He has broken down barriers and inspired people from all walks of life to believe that anything is possible.

Suffolk residents have been left scratching their heads after surveys on council services started asking personal questions about their race, religion, and sexuality.

Grateful parents have thanked doctors and nurses at Ipswich Hospital for saving the life of their “little miracle” baby boy after he was born three months premature.

Magistrates’ courts could return to towns such as Lowestoft and Bury St Edmunds, the police and crime commissioner has said, despite the Government shutting all but one of Suffolk’s summary courthouses last month.

Be sure to locke up your home well, as the clocks go back

These are, undoubtedly, exciting times for the East Anglian rail industry, writes Paul Geater.

Wicked Fairy Carabosse - aka Sheila Ferguson - is looking to cast a spell over whoever broke news of her recent knee injury.

A Suffolk planning chief, who is also a pub landlady, has said she did not intend to offend anyone after a complaint was made about the use of swear-word on a sign outside her business.

Most read

Most commented


Show Job Lists

Topic pages


Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24