Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

May I Park a Car in My Own Back Garden?

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

May I Park a Car in My Own Back Garden?

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Byline: Fiona McNulty OUR LAWYER ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS

QWE BOUGHT a corner house two years ago. The rear garden is enclosed by a wooden fence with a path and side street running along one side. I have noticed a dropped kerb in the path. Can I put a gate in the fence and park my car in my garden? A neighbour has told me that a previous owner did this years ago and did have permission from the council.

ATHE previous owner of your house probably did apply to the highways department of your local council for permission for the dropped kerb but what you need to consider now are the permissions you may need for constructing an access way and gate in your fence, and presumably for some type of hard standing in your garden on which to park.

The dropped kerb exists now but you may still require planning consents for the formation of the new access. This is particularly important if your property is in a conservation area, or if it is a listed building. You refer to a path and side street. Do just check that the path and side street are maintained at public expense. If they are not and are privately owned, you should check your title deeds to ensure that you have a right of way or easement permitting you to use the path and the side street.

If your property is on an estate, check the title deeds carefully as there may be restrictions or covenants preventing the parking of vehicles on garden land.

Surface water from your hard standing must not drain to the public highway, and so the hard standing must be made of permeable material and generally not of loose gravel.

Check that building regulations are not needed for the type of material you intend to use.

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