I’m being forced to EXTEND my driveway by jobsworth council for ridiculous reason… they’re coming for neighbours next

A WOMAN has been left fuming after she was forced to extend her driveway by the jobsworth council for a ridiculous reason.

Michelle Watson, from Midlothian in Scotland, reached out to the council to remove a condition on her planning permission for her new driveway.

Michelle Watson is being ordered by the council to extend her driveway by 60cm


Michelle Watson is being ordered by the council to extend her driveway by 60cmCredit: Midlothian Council/Media Scotland
Her car was deemed a 'tight fit'


Her car was deemed a ‘tight fit’Credit: Midlothian Council/Media Scotland

But she now has to extend her driveway by 60 centimetres as it’s been deemed a “tight fit” by Midlothian council.

She argued the designated space was the same size as others in her local area.

But the image shows a neighbour’s car overhanging the pavement – and now they’re next in line for action.

Michelle appealed to the council’s Local Review Body to remove the condition.

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The frustrated homeowner told EdinburghLive.: “The driveway in my property is identical to the ones which are nearby.

“The vehicle I own safely fits the driveway space available. I believe the modifications mentioned is cosmetic and superficial.

“There is a pipeline laid in front of the house, which will prevent any demolition of the wall.

“This type of small scale building work does not have a significant impact on the character of the house, the visual amenity of the area or the amenity of the neighbouring houses.”

The original application for retrospective planning permission for the driveway on Braeside Road South was approved with a condition calling for it to be lengthened from 4.2 metres to 4.8 metres to ensure vehicles did not stick out onto the pavement.

However planners said Michelle’s parked car would “obstruct” the pavement for pedestrians.

A statement said: “The length of the drive at 4.2 metres is much less than the standard 6 metres and may result in parked vehicles overhanging and obstructing the public footway, resulting in pedestrians being required to walk on the carriageway.

“This was clearly evident during the case officer’s site visit in relation to the driveway which had been constructed next door where a car was seen to overhanging the pavement.

“That drive is 4.2 metres long rather than the approved 6m. This will be passed on to the council’s enforcement team to investigate.”


Councillor Kelly Drummond called on the review body to reject the appeal.

She told members: “There is a reason they have the guidelines. It is beyond tight with the compact car that was at the residence so anything any bigger would have been severely overhanging.”

Meanwhile, Councillor Dianne Alexander added: “Even with a smaller car I think anyone going along (the pavement) who was blind or even with a stick it might be a hazard for them.”

Michelle now has three months to extend her driveway, or faces enforcement action.

It comes after a dad said he can’t park on his own drive without damaging his car after the local council made a huge blunder.

Meanwhile a man in Brighton claims he made extra income by renting out extra parking spaces on his driveway.

What are the rules regarding driveways?

Planning permission for driveways is key when creating a new or widening an existing drive.

But in some cases you may be asked to extend your drive if it is not large enough for your car and your motor is deemed “overhanging”.

You can replace or install a new hard surface in front of an existing house without planning permission for driveways if the area is less than five square metres.

If you require a driveway larger than that, you can still avoid the need for planning permission by laying a permeable (or porous) surface – this is as long as the rainwater is directed to a nearby lawn or flower border to drain naturally.

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If you are converting some or all of a front garden into a driveway, then you will most likely require a licence and/or planning permission for dropped kerbs from your local authority.


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