About dropped kerbs
Dropped kerbs, also known as 'crossovers' allow vehicular access over a footway to areas of off-street parking.
Who can apply?
We take the following into account when assessing your application for a crossover:
- there should be a minimum distance of 4.8 metres from the front of the property to the back of the pavement. This allows for private motor vehicles to be parked without overhanging the pavement and obstructing pedestrian routes
- site lines must be unimpeded by obstructions such as trees
- where the proposed crossover is located within a current controlled parking Zone (CPZ) or an area where the Council has formally agreed will become a CPZ, the application will not be approved if it requires any amendments to the CPZ that are detrimental to that scheme in traffic/parking management terms
We also refer to Camden Planning Guidance when assessing crossover applications. CPG7 (Transport) has a section on vehicle access and this is worth referring to when preparing crossover applications. CPG7 is available on the Camden website:
We generally require a parking beat survey to be undertaken for proposals which would require a loss of on-street parking bays within a CPZ. The results of such surveys should clearly demonstrate that the proposal would not be detrimental to the operation of the CPZ in which the site is located.
In addition, you may also need planning permission to be eligible for a crossover. Planning permission may be required in the following cases:
- site located on a classified road
- property subdivided into flats
- site located within a conservation area
- provision of a hard standing area exceeding 5sqm
The Planning Advice and Information Service can advise if planning permission is necessary:
You are strongly advised not to undertake any renovations to your property to accommodate off-street parking where a crossover is required before you have consent and any necessary planning permission.