Motorist wins appeal for pint-sized driveway after being told to parallel park

A car owner has won his planning appeal to keep a pint-sized driveway after arguing his own vehicle was 'small enough' to fit into it.

EdinburghLive reports that George Burnett's newly built parking space outside his home in Midlothian is just 4.3 metres long, compared to a normal six metres.

The super-short drive was originally refused planning permission by planners because they believed it would cause vehicles to overhang onto the pavement outside.

But it ended up getting to the go-ahead, after a meeting of local politicians saw surprising photographs showing it sitting within the space.

However, it is only on the condition that Mr Burnett has to parallel park.

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.”

And Councillor Peter Smaill told 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."

Councillor Jim Muirhead, meanwhile, pointed out the irony of cars being parked on pavements across the county while the driveway freed up a parking space.

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.

An advisory note was added to the permission urging the owner to parallel park on the drive.

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