Old Marston (Oxford) Proposed Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) INFORMAL CONSULTATION

The proposals for a new Controlled Parking Zone in Marston (click here for further details) were recently approved at the Cabinet Members Decisions Meeting on the 8th October, details of which - including plans - can be viewed here (see item 5). The approval was granted on a 'deferred' basis, with the decision being that the informal consultation for a proposed CPZ in the 'Old Marston' area should be undertaken before the implementation of the scheme began.

Therefore, Oxfordshire County Council is now proposing to introduce a CPZ within the Old Marston area of Oxford, and ahead of this OCC needs to consult widely to ensure that the CPZ meets the needs of residents, local businesses and local community groups.

How does a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) work?

Permits are required to park in the CPZ during the days and times it operates. Residents and businesses in the CPZ are eligible to apply for these permits, which include – for residents – permits for their visitors.

There is considerable flexibility to shape the CPZ to meet local needs:

  • CPZ restrictions can operate only on specified days / times (e.g. Monday to Friday 8am to 6.30pm) or at all times. The restrictions only apply to the highway, so do not affect parking on driveways etc.
  • A CPZ will usually allow non-permit holders to park for a short time (typically 2 hours) without the need for a permit during the time the CPZ restrictions apply, either in designated places, or throughout the zone.
  • Most new CPZ’s in residential areas will allow parking anywhere, except where yellow lines are marked or where there are places marked for special uses (e.g. disabled person parking places). It is then up to drivers to ensure that they park responsibly and in accordance with the Highway Code, including where they choose to park partly on a pavement. This approach is only possible where the same restrictions apply throughout the CPZ – signs are provided at the entries to the CPZ and also at regular intervals within the CPZ.
  • In areas where there is a mix of residential and business premises, the CPZ may have parking places marked on the street (including where vehicles are allowed to park partly on the pavement) – each parking place will have a sign saying what restrictions apply - the restrictions in a parking place may change at different times of the day / day of the week.

NOTE: The recently approved CPZ on the adjacent roads (as mentioned above) will operate on Mondays to Fridays between 9am and 5pm, with  non-permit holders able to park for two hours in this period. If a scheme with the same  operational times is approved for Old Marston, this would potentially enable the two zones to be merged into one, which may benefit local residents.

How many permits are issued to residents and how much do they cost?

  • A resident within the CPZ can apply for a permit for one vehicle (there are restrictions on the size of vehicle that is eligible for a permit; permits are not required for a motorcycle).
  • A limit of two permits per property is being proposed for all new CPZs, with each permit currently costing £65 per year.
  • Residents (aged 17 or over) would be able to apply for up to 50 visitor parking permits per year; the first block of 25 issued are free, and the second block of 25 currently cost £25.
  • Properties which were granted planning permission on the basis of being car-free developments (for example purpose-built student accommodation) will not be eligible for any permits.

The above is a very brief summary of the proposed eligibility for permits for residents – special provisions apply for businesses, Blue badge holders, carers, contractor’s vehicles etc. More detailed information on permit eligibility as provided in the current CPZ’s in Oxford can be found by clicking here.

The costs of all permits are reviewed every three years.

Which roads would be included in a CPZ in the Old Marston area?

The following roads would be proposed to be included in the CPZ:

Barns Hay

Cherwell Drive

Little Acreage

Oxford Road

Boults Close  

Church Lane

Lodge Close

Park Way

Boults Lane

Elsfield Road  

Marston Ferry Road

Ponds Lane


Harlow Way

Mill Lane



What happens next?

The responses to this questionnaire will be carefully reviewed. If there is support for introducing a CPZ, we will then prepare a draft Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) that will specify the detailed provisions of the proposed CPZ, and we will write to you again to seek your views as part of the formal consultation required for all TROs.

Your response should be completed and returned by 20 November 2020.

Note: Whilst we will endeavour to answer simple queries during the course of the informal consultation, due the large volume of responses received any more complex questions/issues will be appraised and dealt with as part of consultation process. Should a proposed CPZ move onto the formal consultation stage further information will be provided at that point, including details on the justification, proposed restrictions & permit eligibility.

Any objections to the formal consultation will be reported to the Oxfordshire County Council Cabinet Member for Environment’s decisions meeting – these are public meetings, which members of the public may apply to address. The date of this meeting will be given in the letter you will receive for the formal consultation.


  • Opened
    22 Oct 2020 at 00:00
  • Closed
    20 Nov 2020 at 23:59


Contact Name Christian Mauz (Technical Officer - Traffic & Road Safety)
Contact Email Address christian.mauz@oxfordshire.gov.uk
Contact Phone Number 0345 310 1111
Contact Postal Address Oxfordshire County Council
County Hall
New Road

Consultation Topic
  • Economy & business
  • Planning
  • Roads & transport
Target Audience
  • Oxfordshire residents
  • Councillors
  • Businesses
Geographical Area
  • Oxford City