Resident parking

Proposed resident parking schemes

Requests from residents to introduce resident parking schemes have been grouped into 24 individual schemes. The consultation on these schemes has finished and the comments received are being considered. Further details about each of these schemes can be found on the proposed resident parking schemes page.

Across the borough, increases in non-resident and commuter parking has led to residents not being able to park near their own homes. One of the best ways of tackling this is to prioritising parking for local residents with a resident parking scheme.

What is a resident parking scheme?

A resident parking scheme is where a resident in a specific area, street, estate or geographical location must apply to the Council for a permit to park their car or the car of a visitor in a designated space. This may also be considered include, waiting restrictions, limited waiting places or a mixture.

While there is no right to park on the highway—the primary purpose being for the passage of vehicles—there are often several residential areas which might benefit from the introduction of residents parking schemes where such parking would not interfere with the primary purpose of the highway.

In some of the areas the parking might prevent residents who have no off-street facility (forecourt, drive, garage etc.) finding a parking space reasonably close to their home. On-street parking problems are generally created by shoppers or commuters.

It is possible to give priority to residents by introducing a resident permit holder only parking scheme and defining various parts of the highway where parking may be permitted only if a valid permit issued by the Council is displayed by the vehicle.

Should a permit scheme be introduced an annual cost would be required for the permit. If a property has off-road parking, then one permit would be eligible and should a property does not have off-road parking then two permits can be purchased. However, visitor books are available with a maximum of 300 permits can also be purchased.

Permits are normally only issued to residents living on a street within the zone and are under the control of, and issued at, the discretion of the Council. All existing schemes operate in this way with provision for residents generally being within permit holder only or shared use bays. Shared use bays provide facilities for permit holders but can also all provide limited waiting at other times, providing flexibility and utilising available highway space when residents are at work.

Permit schemes may operate differently depending on the location.

Traditional Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) are used to alleviate any access, road safety or environmental problems associated with high levels of parking but these offer no priority to the residents affected – both residents and non-residents would be equally affected by any such restrictions.

Existing schemes

Details about how existing schemes operate, the cost of permits and how to apply. 

Proposed schemes 2018-20

Details about proposed schemes, including plans of the areas and lists of the streets being considered. Residents can complete a questionnaire and a list of frequently asked questions are available. 

Advantages and disadvantages

There are several advantages and disadvantages of resident parking schemes.