Raised parking space

July 27, 2020 by Rob Boulton in forum Planning Forum

#753 Rob Boulton, 27 July 2020, 16:25

Some thoughts would be appreciated. In my area I often have a client who wants a parking space in front of their property where the far end needs to be raised due to sloping ground. The parking area would be finished in a permeable surface and it will not discharge water onto the highway. The supporting wall however would be above 300mm high. Does this fall short of the PD rights as it is considered a raised terrace above 300mm high or as the parking space is level with the ground at roadside is it considered the height should be measured at this point. The PD technical notes say that on sloping ground an extension height would be measured at the highest ground level?

#754 Damian, 27 July 2020, 17:14

For sloping sites, the height is measured from the highest natural ground level adjacent to the proposal. So if you exceed 0.3m at the highest point, then PP would assumed to be required.

#755 Rob Boulton, 28 July 2020, 11:08

Thank you Damian - so I have a parking space perpendicular to the highway and 5m long. Obviously it is at ground level where it meets the highway and therefore below 300mm. However at the far end it will be 1.5m above the sloping ground and supported by a retaining wall. Do fellow users feel this is permitted development? I can find no rulings or explanation on the web.

#756 Damian, 28 July 2020, 17:34

Is there a possibility you can upload and link to a photo, which may explain the situation better?

#759 Rob Boulton, 30 July 2020, 15:33

If you imagine the ground level at the front door of the house is 1.5m below footpath level. The parking space will be almost level. Therefore at the house end it will be 1.5m above that ground level but at the footpath it will be level.

#760 Damian, 30 July 2020, 23:50

There is a reason why I asked for a photo.

#765 Rob Boulton, 10 August 2020, 08:05

Is that because it may be considered as engineering works? The issue has arisen on three projects now all with similar circumstances....

#766 Damian, 10 August 2020, 08:20

No, just so it would help me visualise the situation.

#767 Rob Boulton, 10 August 2020, 10:52

Not sure how to upload a photo. Can I send to an email?

#768 Damian, 11 August 2020, 09:28

Use a website like this...


Once uploaded, it should provide you with a link. Copy and paste that here.

#944 Mike, 26 February 2021, 12:34

Good morning all.
Did anybody have answer on this question?

#947 Damian, 26 February 2021, 19:51

Over six months since the last post... probably not.

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