A council that sets up their planning permission correctly can do something about it. The place we are buying, as far as I can tell originally was refused planning permission and had to increase to two spaces per property and this is for somewhere 15 minutes walk to a station where a lot of people will be commuting to London. Councils should be doing this and ensuring all homes in developments "out-of-town" have two spaces and most should have at least one for all two-bed properties. Where we are at the moment within London, there are a lot of flats being built without parking where they are "car-free" so residents cannot get permits from the council for on-street parking. But of course being in zone two of London there is very good public transport so a car is not essential. However our current flat has a car park and we had to introduce a permit system to stop people from other developments coming and using the vacant spaces without permission.