After being told to park in parallel, a poor motorist wins appeal for a pint-sized driveway

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After arguing that his car was too small to fit in his driveway, a car owner won his planning appeal.

EdinburghLiveReports that George Burnett’s new parking spot outside his home was built in Midlothian is Only 4.3m long, instead of the usual six meters.

Planners initially refused permission for the super-short drive because it could cause vehicles to overhang onto pavement outside.

It was granted the go-ahead after surprising meetings of local politicians. Photographs of it in the space.

It is however, only under the condition that Mr Burnett must parallel park.



The short driveway was approved after the owner showed he could park without spilling onto the pavement
After the owner demonstrated that he could park on the driveway without spilling onto it, the owner approved the short driveway.

Peter Arnsdorf, the council’s legal adviser, told a virtual meeting of the review body that paving slabs on the driveway: “show the direction of travel which the vehicle if parked on the site would sit. It would come directly onto that driveway which is 4.3 metres deep.”

Peter Smaill, Councillor, addressed the meeting. “A reasonably dexterous driver would be able to park parallel to avoid an overhanging bonnet.”

“We could perhaps ask for a personal undertaking, I realise these things are difficult to enforce, that there will be no overhanging onto the pavement however the site is approached.”

“It probably means a proper dropped kerb, quite a long one, to allow parking at 90 degrees and also parking parallel.”



Parking on pavements has been a nightmare for thousands of streets across the UK
Parking on pavements is a problem for many streets in the UK.

Jim Muirhead, Councillor, also pointed out the irony in cars being parked on the pavements throughout the county, while the driveway created a space for parking.

He said: “We are having a debate here about a vehicle sticking six inches out onto a pavement yet if you look all over Midlothian there are vehicles parked on pavements and pavements being blocked.

“Just me going to my front door and further down the road you cannot get a buggy past because people park on pavements.”

The review body granted planning permission for the drive with a condition that a dropped kerb running the length of the owner’s house would be introduced and fencing put up at the end of the drive is stained to a suitable colour.

A note of caution was added to the permission, requesting that the owner parallel park on the drive.

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