You are bang on about parking. Friends of our have lived in two large new build town house developments in recent years, the garages are literally on the edge of the pavement, no driveway at all, permit required for on street aka on pavement parking. Zero allowance for visitors, whole thing is a shambles.Something else that crossed my mind - have you ever been to a new housing development in the last 20 years? The houses are built on top of each other and the roads are so narrow that folk have to park half on the pavement which, incidentally, the government are now trying to outlaw. No parking, no privacy, no peace and quiet. I’ve lived on three such developments for 19 years before moving to where I am now, so I write from experience.
I’m surprised at you, William. You’re on of the few here that consistently writes common sense. If I didn’t know better, I’d say your account had been hacked.
Many houses these days have more than one car and if I apply to build a single stand alone home I would expect there to be a requirement for at least off street parking for two cars.
The developers want to pack in as many houses as possible to make it as worth their while as possible, the planners are under pressure to hit new housing targets and it adds up to poor quality developments.
The site I mentioned above where I have two rentals is fourteen properties in a private road, each has one off street parking space and there's are four additional bays for residents and visitors. Simply not enough, particularly as we do not allow 'on street' parking in the development which is also a covenant in each property's deeds. Four additional spaces simply were not enough from the beginning.
I am involved in a site where we have obtained outline planning permission for 32 new properties - I have no doubt that whoever buys the site and develops it will cram in forty plus.