Resident Parking Scheme consultations

In March 2021, the Highways and Transport Committee paused the implementation of any new Resident Parking Schemes. This pause allows the development of an Integrated Parking Strategy which aims to address the evolving parking demand in Cambridge whilst supporting our commitment to reducing congestion, air pollution and carbon emissions across the city as a whole. The future delivery of Resident Parking Schemes will form part of this strategy.

The Integrated Parking Strategy, led by the Greater Cambridge Partnership, is due later this year.

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.

To find out more about how Resident Parking Schemes work, please read our frequently asked questions.

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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 we introduce. 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. We advertise notices and people can submit written support, comments or objections. We consider these via the officer delegation process.

4. Installation stage

We install signage and road markings in the scheme area. We notify residents 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.

We generally review new schemes 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. We propose any amendments to the scheme that occur as a result of the review as part of a statutory consultation.

Current consultations

There are no consultations on Resident Parking Schemes at present.

Schemes at the installation stage

There are no installations scheduled at present. You can find details on the installation process on our Resident Parking Scheme installation webpage.

Completed installations

You can find details of schemes we have installed that are operational on our Cambridgeshire Resident Parking Scheme webpage or our Huntingdonshire Resident Parking Scheme webpage.

Schemes not taken forward

We conducted formal consultations for Residential Parking Schemes in the York, Stretten and Stourbridge areas. The consultation results for these areas are as follows.

* 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 review the valuable feedback we receive. We 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.