From 1st October 2008 the permitted development rights regarding householders paving their front garden for hardstanding without planning permission changed.

Planning permission is now required to lay traditional impermeable driveways that allow uncontrolled runoff of rainwater from front gardens onto roads, because this can contribute to flooding and pollution of water courses.
Achieving a well balanced driveway design within the guidelines of the legislation need not be complicated. You simply need to decide how you would like to manage the rainwater that lands on your driveway.

Planning might be needed if:

  • Driveways if linked to a classified road
  • Construction work involves over 0.5 metres of earthworks
  • The verge to the footway has grass over 2.5 metres wide


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