A car owner has won a planning appeal with Midlothian Council to keep a short driveway after arguing his own vehicle was small enough to squeeze into it.
The newly built parking space is just 4.3m-long compared to a normal six-metres.
It was originally refused planning permission by planners who felt it would cause vehicles to overhang onto a pavement.
But it got the go-ahead after the resident was urged to parallel park.
A meeting of the council’s Local Review Body on Tuesday was told owner George Burnett’s Mazda, which would be parked on the Mayfield drive, was just 4.2m-long, with photographs showing it sitting within the space.
Peter Arnsdorf, the council’s legal adviser, told a virtual meeting of the review body that paving slabs on the driveway “show the direction of travel which the vehicle if parked on the site would sit. It would come directly onto that driveway which is 4.3m-deep”.
However, councillors who visited the site on Poplar Street said the slabs had been removed before their visit.
They argued that a vehicle could be parked parallel on the driveway which is 7.7m-wide.
Councillor Peter Smaill told the meeting: “A reasonably dexterous driver would be able to park parallel to avoid an overhanging bonnet.”
Councillor Smaill expressed concern at the costs that would be incurred if the homeowner had to remove the driveway, which was built at the end of his front garden after he removed his boundary fence and a shed.
And he said while the review body could not enforce a condition over how any vehicle is parked on the drive, a measure of “good faith” could be applied.
He said: “In the particular circumstances of this quite quiet street with quite wide pavements it would be disproportionate to stop the appeal from succeeding.
“We could perhaps ask for a personal undertaking. I realise these things are difficult to enforce, that there will be no overhanging onto the pavement however the site is approached.
“It probably means a proper dropped kerb, quite a long one, to allow parking at 90 degrees and also parking parallel.”
Councillor Colin Cassidy also expressed concern at dismissing the appeal and the impact on the owner.
He said: “I think we are limited with our options on where we can go with this and we need to be quite pragmatic about this.
And councillor Jim Muirhead pointed out the irony of cars being parked on pavements across the county while the driveway freed up a parking space.
He said: “We are having a debate here about a vehicle sticking six inches out onto a pavement, yet if you look all over Midlothian there are vehicles parked on pavements and pavements being blocked.
“Just me going to my front door and further down the road you cannot get a buggy past because people park on pavements.”
The review body granted planning permission for the drive with conditions. A dropped kerb must be installed and fencing at the end of the drive is to be stained to a suitable colour.
An advisory note was added to the permission, urging the owner to parallel park on the drive.
By local democracy reporter Marie Sharp