Off road parking varies in my experience. Where abouts in Exmouth are you talking about?
New developers have something called "Allocated parking". Each house is allocated a space in a parking area, some of the spaces are not very generous and are similar to supermarket car park spaces.
If the car parked next to you, is a big people carrier or a wide car and yours is a similar car, someone opening their car door, might bang your car in the process.
No one is going to park on a private driveway, eg semi but someone visiting a neighbour or tradesperson might decide to park in your allocated space (raining hard and they have shopping and a buggy) and you are not going to know who it is and you then have to find somewhere else to park yourself because someone is in your space ( very very annoying if it is raining and you have shopping and a buggy and a dog).
Allocated parking usually means there is a shortage of visitor parking, second car parking.....people start parking on the pavement, in stupid places, blocking other peoples spaces making it awkward to get in and out of your development.
Allocated parking is normally part of the modern high density housing developments. Parking is a common area where neighbours argue, someone has parked awkwardly, someone has parked outside your house but not in their space, reserviing their allocated parking for visitors or their second car, or just parking outside your house (public highway) so you can't. Arguments and confrontations over parking can get petty and even violent or nasty.
Kids sometimes play football or games in allocated parking areas, it is their right to play but also your right not to have your car dented or scratched or damaged. This causes arguments. The mother might say they are only playing, not hurting and you cant stop them. When your wing mirror is on the ground, the mother is going to say that lots of kids play and it could be vandals, unless you saw who did it and you had a witness then not much you can do. If the mother is on benefits (housing association property on mixed tenure development) then she is not going to have £200 to fix your wing mirror.
If the allocated parking spot is not visible from your house or anyones property then anyone could damage it or break inside it and you are not going to know who did it,
Some allocated parking is not very generous, people turning or reversiing, trying to get out of awkward or tight spots might hit your car accidently and then not leave a note, especially delivery vans or lorries (people ordering from the internet and home shopping, there are more vans and lorries entering housing developments now).
Visit the development of an evening and weekend, see how busy the development is for parking, see if cars are scratched or dented, pavement parking, inconsiderate parking.....some three bed houses will have 4 or 5 cars parked.... family car, dads van, son1 has car, son2 has car and gran comes around in her car.....if they have only one allocated space.....where do they park the other 4 cars.
Answered on Dec 11 2009,