NEW rules on the creation of driveways are expected to cause complaints of unfairness, a Brent Council report admits.
A proposed policy on 'domestic vehicle foot-way crossovers' - ie dropped kerbs - was due to be considered by members of the council's planning committee on Tuesday evening and if adopted will result in less applications for front garden driveways being granted.
A report presented to councillors said: "Inevitably, the adoption of this new policy will result in future applications being refused which, under previous policies, may have been successful.
"This will seem inequitable to some unsuccessful applicants, especially when other similar type properties in the immediate vicinity have crossovers.
"However, this will not justify any exceptions being made in the decision-making process."
The new policy comes after the council took action against people who were driving into their front gardens without applying for dropped kerbs earlier this year, by cementing bollards in front of the people's houses.
In February, some residents' cars were trapped on their driveways by council workers implementing the tougher stance.
The council will now require residents living in a flat, maisonette or a property on a classified road, a listed building or a building in a conservation area to seek planning permission for a vehicle crossover, and successful applicants will then have to meet the cost of dropping the kerb and reinforcing the pavement, work which will be carried out by council contractors.
Planning permission may be refused on the grounds of road safety, visibility of both road and pavement users and the width of the planned crossover, which cannot exceed 4.2m.
Other restrictions mean that there will have to be a minimum gap between crossovers of 600mm and applications to tarmac over grass verges of more than 3m width will be refused on the grounds that such a move would have an adverse affect on the appearance of the street.
Similarly, applications which would result in the removal or cutting of a tree would, according to the report, be likely to fail, as would any which would require the moving of street furniture, such as lampposts.
Council planners would also be allowed to refuse any application which would reduce the number of on-street parking spaces which make up a controlled parking zone or pay and display area.
The new policy will come into force if it is voted for by the council's executive committee in September.