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. 

How to apply

How to apply 

Apply online:

Download application form:

The vehicular crossover application form can also be sent to us at by email: crossovers@camden.gov.uk 

How much does it cost? 

There is a non-refundable cost of £2,674.21 where an existing traffic management order would need to be amended (e.g. parking bay to be amended to a double yellow line). 

This funding covers the cost of advertising the proposed amendments to the traffic management. Some proposals cannot proceed to construction where objections from local people cannot be resolved. 

Where proposals can proceed beyond consultation, there are further costs associated with the necessary construction works. These costs generally vary between £2k and £10k depending on the size of the crossover being proposed. 

If your proposal is accepted we will issue you with a cost estimate for the works. The estimate is valid for 60 days, and our contractors will carry out the works on your behalf once we have received payment. 

Please note that while our estimates are as accurate as possible they are subject to change. Should the final cost of the work exceed this sum estimated you will be required to pay the additional cost; however, should the sum paid exceed the final cost, then the balance will be refunded to you. 

How long does it take? 

Crossover applications typically take up to 3 months to determine. 

This period can be significantly longer where an existing traffic management order would need to be amended; especially where objections to the proposed traffic management order would need to be addressed. 

Where crossover applications are approved, construction can generally be programmed to take place within 2 months of the appropriate payment having been received by the council.

Contact

contact the transport strategy team