Residents of the Springwood housing estate in Lynn have rejected plans to introduce parking permits by a majority of two to one.
However, respondents overwhelmingly backed the introduction of other, tighter restrictions.
Last month, county and borough council officials unveiled proposals to tighten parking rules on Springwood and the South Quay, in response to repeated complaints.
Out of 432 Springwood households, 210 responded with 116 opposing a £40 a year residents’ parking permit, 58 in favour and 102 saying they did not believe parking was an issue on the estate.
However, a proposal to introduce tighter waiting restrictions or controlled parking areas was supported by 175 to 22.
Meanwhile, only 36 per cent of residents and traders took part in the consultation on proposals for the South Quay.
And the idea of introducing pay-and-display was rejected 54-36, though the authorities said many were on adjoining streets and their concerns could still be addressed.