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  • Refurbish/Develop

    Off street parking

    Hi folks

    I have sale agreed on a property with poor parking on the street. The property has a front lawn that could easily accommodate a car if converted. Can you create a concrete ramp on the footpath kerbside to make it possible to drive in or is that forbidden by council regs etc?

    Thanks

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    That’s a hard no! 

    You’ll need to get permission from the council to have the kerb dropped by one of their approved contractors. It isn’t devastatingly expensive but will likely run you to a few thousand depending on length and width of pavement that needs replacing. 

    If you go with a decent paving contractor they’ll probably be able to notify the council and do the work themselves or have the right person come and get it done as part of the job. Don’t forget about the SUDS regulations. Look it up and make sure you’re aware of them. Knowing about this will help you in making sure the driveway is constructed correctly with no corners being cut.
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    'If you go with a decent paving contractor they’ll probably be able to notify the council and do the work themselves...'

    PRETTY SURE IT HAS TO BE A COUNCIL CONTRACTOR ARRANGED THROUGH THE COUNCIL.

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    Quite right to point that out.  I worded that poorly.  What I intended to get across was that a decent contractor might already be on the approved list. If not they'll certainly know someone who is as bring them in to do that part of the job.

    The council can provide upon request a list of approved contractors to you or might have them listed on their website.

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    You will need planning permission for the new access and fo the impermeable surface on the front onof your property, you will need to obtain that from your local planning office and then separately apply to the County Council for the drop kerb, as previous post you will need to use a contractor registered and insured to work on the highway
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    He might have meant impermeable.  With the relevant planning permission you can still use impermeable surfaces so long as they do not drain onto the road or into the public drainage system.  The surface run off must be directed into a soakaway on the property.

    The reality is that impermeable surfaces aren't desirable any longer.  Our nations water management is poor at best and surface run off is a major contributer to the problem. A block driveway has a better aesthetic anyway and will outlast tarmac. 

    The key to any good driveway is the foundation. Ask those providing quotes to detail exactly how much hardcore and MOT they use in layers and make sure you're there to watch them spend a good long time compacting them.  You'll have ruts in your drive within 6 months if they skimp on this element.

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    Permeable surfaces do not require planning permission.  Thought I'd chip in with that lastly.

    Block paving is permeable but far less than resin bound driveways.  You'll need to have some serious moolah for that though!

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    I thought that if your driveway is larger than 5m by 5m, you have to use an impermeable surface and thus need planning permission?
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    Not so. The following excerpt has been lifted from the Planning Portal website;

    “You will not need planning permissionif a new or replacement driveway of any size uses permeable (or porous) surfacing which allows water to drain through, such as gravel, permeable concrete block paving or porous asphalt, or if the rainwater is directed to a lawn or border to drain naturally”


    From the horses mouth!
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    You don't beed planning permission if you use permeable surface IE gravel. You only need planning if you use impermeable larger than 5 sq mts.
    That's my council anyway.

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