Resident parking scheme consultations

The implementation of any new resident parking scheme (where a full consultation has not yet been undertaken) has been paused since the end of March 2020 for a period of 12 months.

This follows a decision made by county councillors at the Highways and Infrastructure Committee. The majority voted to pause the implementation for 12 months to allow the provision of sustainable transport measures to catch up with the parking restrictions.

Resident Parking Scheme consultations

Cambridge is a diverse city with local communities that have different needs. Across the city, increases in non-resident and commuter parking have led to residents not being able to park their cars near their own homes. To tackle this and prioritise parking for local residents, we look at implementing a Resident Parking Scheme for the area affected.

Over the coming years, we are looking at 26 potential areas across Cambridge where a Resident Parking Scheme could be beneficial.

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Once an area has a Resident Parking Scheme in place, it could cause increased parking demand in neighbouring streets. We look to avoid this by introducing neighbouring schemes at similar times where possible.

To find out more about how Resident Parking Schemes work, please read our Frequently Asked Questions.

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All implementation costs for these schemes are covered by the Greater Cambridge Partnership.

Stages of introducing a Resident Parking Scheme

1. Informal stage

The informal stage is where we assess general customer feedback in relation to parking within a particular area. We also speak to local councillors to gauge their views. This gives us an idea of how serious parking problems are across the city.

2. Public consultation stage

We conduct a public consultation to give all residents within a scheme area the chance to shape the parking scheme that will be introduced. It also helps us understand what the local concerns are and the level of support for non-resident parking restrictions. If a certain aspect of the scheme is disliked, we may be able to alter it so it works for as many residents as possible.

3. Statutory consultation stage

Once a proposed parking scheme gains more than 50% of respondents in favour within the scheme boundary, we can apply for a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO). This requires a statutory consultation. This is the final way for residents to have their say. Notices are advertised and people can submit written support, comments or objections. These will be considered via the officer delegation process.

4. Installation stage

Signage and road markings are installed in the scheme area. Residents are notified on how and when to apply for parking permits.

5. Scheme enforcement and review

Following the scheme becoming operational, we continue to issue permits and manage the enforcement of the scheme.

New schemes are generally reviewed within the first 12 months. This work is not carried out as a formal public consultation and is completed working with residents and the local county councillor. Any amendments to the scheme that occur as a result of the review will be proposed as part of a statutory consultation.

Current consultations

There are no consultations on Resident Parking Schemes at present.

Schemes at the installation stage

Schemes that have received final approval via the officer delegation process will then progress to the installation stage. Details of schemes that are to be installed can be found on our Resident Parking Scheme installation webpage. The Benson North scheme is currently at this stage.

Completed installations

Details of schemes that have been installed and are now live can be found on our resident parking information webpage.

Schemes not being taken forward

We conducted formal consultations for Residential Parking Schemes in the York, Stretten and Stourbridge areas. The consultation results for these areas can be found below.

* Results for Stretten do not add up to 100% due to rounding of figures
Scheme Total households No of responses % Responded % Support % Oppose % Undecided
York 1249 321 26% 47% 50% 3%
Stretten* 818 129 16% 40% 57% 2%
Stourbridge 526 90 17% 37% 62% 1%

Following the outcome of these consultations, these schemes will not be taken forward to the next stage of planning. Thank you to everyone who responded and we are reviewing the valuable feedback we received. We will only look at future parking proposals for these areas if parking issues change or if the community can show that the cause of the failure to gather the required majority has been overcome.