Trafford Design Code

Type, Form and Profile

Plan and Layout


Elevation and Proportion

Materials and Detail

Parking and Garages

Threshold and Boundaries


Parking and Garages


Residential parking solutions can be provided in a variety of ways.  In well-designed places, vehicle parking does not dominate the streetscene.  Applicants must consider the provision of car parking and should design it in conjunction with the code and guidance set out in the Landscaping and Nature Chapter of this Code. 


Garages can provide valuable storage space to a dwelling and help conceal cars from view, however they offer little to the animation of buildings or the spaces around them. Their impact on the street scene should be carefully thought through, ensuring that they appear secondary to the dwelling house and avoid placement on direct sight lines and vistas or on prominent corners.

Features of parking and garages


Front and side parking

Examples of front and side parking

Single parking

Vehicle parking to the front of dwellings must ensure that sufficient space is provided to accommodate landscaping, vehicle parking, a pedestrian pathway and boundary treatment.

Double parking

Pavement cross-fall gradient

Where cars cross the pavement, there should be no change in level and cross fall gradient should not exceed 2%


Garage and carport parking

Example of garage car parking

Principles of garage design

Garage behind building line

Locate garages and car ports behind the principal building line.

Garage and car port dimensions

The minimum internal dimensions of a single garage or car port should be 6m x 3m. A garage created below these sizes will count as storage space only.


Courtyard parking

Example of rear parking

Principles of rear car parking

Electrical charging points

Provide electrical charging points on rear boundaries when cars parked behind houses.

Access to house from rear boundary

There must be a clear, firm and stable route between rear car parking and an accessible entrance to house

Permeable surface materials

Use permeable paving for car parking surfaces whenever possible


On-street parking

Example of on-street parking

Principles of on-street parking

Dropped kerbs

Where there is change of level between pavement and parking spaces, dropped kerbs should be provided.

Street landscape

Landscape including trees and hedgerow should be used where 4 or more street parking bays in row.


Undercroft parking


Basement parking

House car parking and garages case studies

The Gables

by DK Architects for FP Homes The development strikes a balance between achieving a higher density of dwellings with a sense of openness in the

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Fairways View

Fairway View by Calderpeel Architects for Cube Homes The houses in Prestwich, Manchester display good use and balance of robust materials that are appropriate to

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Heatherley Wood

by Bellway Homes The project demonstrates how housebuilders can achieve a generous ratio of large windows to walls on forward elevations. As well as a

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Permeable paving options