Govt to allow driveways to be rented out to tackle “backdoor parking tax”
Pickles again. The Communities Secretary seems to be linked to most local news items these days. Hot on the footsteps of his plan to relax double yellow line restrictions, he’s now announced you’ll be able to rent your driveway to Heathrow passengers keen to avoid exorbitant parking fees. But he may be too late …
Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, will say today that he is allowing homeowners to rent out their drives for up to £2,400 a year without planning permission, according to The Times:
“Heading for yet another battle with town halls over penalising motorists, Mr Pickles will clamp down on the “backdoor parking tax” that forces residents to seek change of use planning permission if they want to charge commuters to park on their property. Planning applications take months and councils can charge up to £500 before granting permission.”
Councils nationwide have coined in over £2 billion profit from parking charges over the past three years thwarting efforts of schemes to revitalise town centres.
Several internet companies are now well established at helping households let spare or unused off-street parking spaces near town centres, railway stations and sporting grounds, where rental costs are highest.
But residents in Colnbrook, Poyle and the areas surrounding Heathrow don’t appear to be waiting for Mr Pickles. Parklet.co.uk is already advertising a handful of monthly options in the parish, including driveways in Daventry Close, Poyle for £100, Torridge Road, Westfield, for £80, and an allocated space in Sovereign Heights, Brands Hill for £70.
Meanwhile YourParkingSpace.co.uk is offering a residential parking space at The Lawns for £5 a day and one at Cottesbrooke Close for £15 a day, with an optional pickup and dropoff for £10 each way.
But the big money is to be made on ParkatMyHouse.co.uk where a driveway in Popes Close can be yours for £299 a month, or a private driveway a few minutes walk from Langley Station, for a staggering £900 a month – about the going rate for a 2 bedroom house!
More meagrely a private driveway with room for 8 cars is offered in Springfield Road at a more affordable £80 a month, while a car park with room for 35 cars is being offered on the Westfield estate at £10 a day. Don’t mention it to the neighbours though!
The proposal comes as Slough embarks on its own drive to stamp out pavement parking across the borough.