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Local authorities in England are being told not to make people pay for planning permission just to rent out their drives. Homeowners have welcomed the decision. Martha Fairlie reports.
Motoring charity the RAC Foundation has welcomed plans to enable people to rent out their driveways as car parks. Professor Stephen Glaister said the plans made sense as the number of parking spaces has not kept pace with the increasing number of cars on the roads.
Figures from the RAC Foundation released this week claimed some councils were racking up huge surpluses from their parking-charge activities.
In 2011/12, English councils had a total current account surplus of £565 million from their on-street and off-street parking operations, after an annual rise of £54 million.
Eric Pickles said residents would now be allowed to rent a single parking space without planning permission, provided there was no main concerns such as public nuisance to neighbours.
Eric Pickles said some town halls had threatened to fine households £20,000 if they ran their driveway as a car park without applying for "change of use" planning permission costing £385.
Cabinet minister Eric Pickles has vowed to clamp down on a "back-door parking tax" to allow homeowners to cash in by turning their driveway into a car park.
The Local Government Secretary said residents should not be forced to seek planning permission to charge commuters to park on their property.
New government guidance will allow people to rent out their drives for a single car without making a planning application.