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.
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