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What would you do with this extra area of grass outside your house?

Discussion in 'Home and Garden' started by Dan_P, 10 Jan 2021.

  1. Dan_P


    Joined: 17 Feb 2015

    Posts: 364

    Location: Leighton Buzzard

    Hi all,

    We have just moved into our first home last month and we have an extra area of grass next to our 2 car parking spaces that we have found out is ours. I have suggested to the wife we either make it extra parking for visitors (although parking isn't a problem for visitors on the estate) or a detached garage. However, I am open to any other suggestions if I have missed something.

    EDIT: Brown is path which is not owned by us.

    Area highlighted in Blue


  2. Dis86


    Joined: 23 Dec 2011

    Posts: 27,120

    Location: Northern England

    What a weird layout and use of space.

    You could pave it for additional parking but some buggers will end up nicking it. Path prevents you from taking it in to your garden.

    I'd stick a nice big tree on it.
  3. Dan_P


    Joined: 17 Feb 2015

    Posts: 364

    Location: Leighton Buzzard

    Yeah, its a very odd space, i understand from talking to the developer because most of the green space is not going to be taken on by the council, any spare they add to the houses they are nearest too. The developer is going to plant a tree on it later this year, however i am wanting to check before this happens if i should consider doing something else with it especially if it will add value.
  4. Maccapacca


    Joined: 13 Apr 2010

    Posts: 17,837

    Location: Sunny Sussex

    Sell eggs
  5. Dis86


    Joined: 23 Dec 2011

    Posts: 27,120

    Location: Northern England

    You might struggle to get permission to put a structure on it. Last house we lived in we owned a largish triangle of grass nearby and weren't allowed any kind of structure.
  6. Dan_P


    Joined: 17 Feb 2015

    Posts: 364

    Location: Leighton Buzzard

    I fear you may be right, if they said we couldn't build any structure i would probably look to convert for parking as believe it would add more value than grass. I'm not even sure how i go about getting permission yet so will need to look into it. I wouldnt want to spend much money at this stage as it would just be out of interest more than serious.
  7. SeatIbiza

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 21 Jan 2008

    Posts: 1,237

    Location: Cotswolds

    Parking for sure. New build estates are hideous for parking; it's a huge failure from the idiots in the planning departments across the country. I've not been to a new estate that had sufficient parking. i.e. 2 spaces for 4-5 bed houses is just not enough these days. House could easily have 4 cars - mum, dad, 2 grown up kids etc.

    To prevent idiots parking just get some drop down bollards. The proper good ones aren't cheap, but they're very good and disappear totally into the ground. I've had these installed to prevent fly-tippers...worked a treat: https://www.bollardsdirect.co.uk/co...duty-round-stainless-steel-telescopic-bollard
  8. Psycho Sonny


    Joined: 21 Jun 2006

    Posts: 36,695

    As above.

    Parking. I'd tell 201 and 203 they are your spaces and you have 4 instead of two and see how you get on. I'd maybe paint that fact onto the spaces too using your house number on all 4 spaces in big large numbers for everyone to see.

    My dad's street has this for the houses without drives. There are spaces with numbers on them. I wouldn't dream of parking there and only use his drive or outside his home or the communal spaces.

    If that doesn't work then I'd get bollards but paint would be my first option. You could do it yourself and not exactly a hard job just need durable masonry or outdoor paint or the like and a paintbrush.

    Bollards are just a pain. Like you would end up just using your normal spaces and if someone is visiting you need to go outside before they arrive to put it down or do it whilst they wait. Just a pain in the back side.

    A detached garage in that location makes zero sense. Costly, need to run cables under public path and it's out in the open and exposed. Would be easy target for thieves for anything of value inside. That and the fact it would never be allowed.

    Parking is the only answer.

    I'm surprised that the builder didn't turn it into parking and sell it as upgrade to you or your neighbors to have 4 or 3 instead of 2.
  9. BongoHunter

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  10. sja360


    Joined: 28 Jul 2003

    Posts: 3,970

    Location: Dundee

    Best option is a garage, could try for planning and see how it gets on. It would add value to your house.

    Bear in mind that the tree will need trimming from time to time in 5-10 years, also the leaves coming off and possible shading it can bring.

    Not against tree's myself but it's the long term things that can crop up.
  11. Semple


    Joined: 5 Mar 2010

    Posts: 8,306

    I don't think a garage would even be possible? It doesn't look wide enough that the front of the garage could face the road, and if you had it facing your parking spaces, then it starts to become impractical getting in/out whilst your cars are parked there.

    I think leaving it as greenery (although would assume you then have the maintenance responsibility), or converting it to extra parking would be ideal. Although as others have said, you'll probably need to look at putting in retractable bollards or something to prevent other neighbours from using the space - as it's not a driveway, they'll just assume it's spare/visitor parking.
  12. ash_scotland88


    Joined: 1 Jul 2007

    Posts: 5,383

    I vote for a veg garden. White picket fence it, shade from an apple tree etc
  13. Hotwired


    Joined: 17 Aug 2009

    Posts: 8,648

    Definitely someones failure in planning if they end up with 4 cars and 2 parking spaces. Not entirely sure I'd put the blame on the estate designer.
  14. bimbleuk

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    Joined: 10 Sep 2009

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    Modern version of this is EV charger installed by company for free. Profit from fees :)
  15. Armageus


    Joined: 19 May 2012

    Posts: 12,692

    Location: Spalding, Lincolnshire

    Add 2 more spaces, and then sell 1 space to a neighbour (e.g. the existing one nearest P201, or one of the new ones near P203)? leaving you with 3
  16. apg


    Joined: 4 Dec 2013

    Posts: 146

    I would apply for planning permission for it to build a garage/workshop. Yes everyone else is probably right that the permission may not be granted; but if it is it would be excellent for you. So may be worth drawing up some plans and sending them off.
  17. fastwunz


    Joined: 12 Jul 2005

    Posts: 3,547

    Forgive me but is the land separated by a path that is NOT owned by you?

    you will want to check to make sure you have a right of way across it?
  18. Delvis


    Joined: 7 Nov 2004

    Posts: 29,328

    Location: Buckinghamshire

    Allotment :D
  19. pp111

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    Just a thought....

  20. Murf


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 5,488

    Location: Newcastle

    I can't get over how stupid the layout of new housing estates are. Some of them don't even have paths. Very few have cycle lanes. And the allocation of parking spaces or shared\communal driveways is just outright bizzare.