17th February 2021
As a driveway installer, it’s essential to be aware of the relevant guidance on planning permission. This will help you determine what you can and cannot do as an installer, plus you will be able to advise your potential customers on the process. So, as a leading specialist in resin bound and resin bonded surfaces, we thought we would share the relevant information with you.
Resin-bound driveways and other types of permeable driveway, such as gravel, permeable concrete blocks or porous asphalt, can be built to any size without the need to acquire planning permission. This is also the case for driveways where surface water is directed to a lawn, border or soakaway to drain naturally.
When laying resin bonded and other types of impermeable driveways, such as concrete, the largest they can be built to without planning permission is 5m2. Anything larger than this will require planning permission.
It’s important to mention that the guidance above relates to the front garden on houses and not to:
For any potential customers where these circumstances apply, we recommend you direct them to their local planning authority to check if they will need planning permission.
There are no restrictions on the areas of land that can be covered with hard surfaces at, or near, ground level on a property. Therefore, driveways can be installed at the rear or side of the home, provided other guidance relating to planning permission for driveways is followed.
There are various areas in the UK classified as designated land. These areas are often subjected to Article 4 directions, which restrict permitted development rights. Sometimes, but not always, an Article 4 direction will affect driveways. This includes permeable driveways, which as mentioned above, usually do not require planning permission.
The areas of designated land are as follows:
Therefore, if you have a client who lives in an area of designated land, you should direct them to their local planning authority, so they can determine whether they will need planning permission for their proposed driveway.
If one of your customers lives in a listed building and they would like a driveway installed, they will need to apply for listed building consent with their local planning authority prior to any work taking place.
If you have a customer who wishes to drop the kerb to have a driveway installed, they will need to get permission from the local council to do this. The customer will also need to pay to have the kerb dropped and some councils may charge to apply.
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