WHAT DO I NEED TO CONSIDER?
If you’re building a new driveway, rather than replacing an existing asphalt or concrete one, think about how much space you can spare. For an average-sized car, you’ll need a minimum three-metre width, more for larger vehicles or for parking more than one car. When choosing materials, think about your property’s exterior or garden walls, as you’ll achieve a better look overall if they complement each other. Another important factor to consider at the initial stage is where rainwater will go.
ARE THERE ANY REGULATIONS?
Yes, you will have to either lay a permeable surface, provide a permeable drainage system within your property, or apply for planning permission to use a drain. Permitted development rights that previously allowed homeowners to pave their front gardens without planning permission were changed in 2008, in order to prevent flooding and pollution of watercourses. Permeable surfaces or permeable drainage systems allow rainwater to soak through into the ground below. This is not only good for flood prevention (as public drains won’t have to deal with excess rainwater after a downpour), but your garden will need less watering and you’re unlikely to step into a puddle on your driveway, too.
DO I NEED PLANNING PERMISSION FOR HARD (IMPERMEABLE) SURFACES?
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