Having a driveway on your property is incredibly useful, it gives you some extra space and the ideal location to park your car, taking it off of the road.
In the most part, a driveway is going to be exactly the right size for your car. However, from time to time, you may find that your driveway is not quite wide enough, and you need to make a change.
There is a variety of work that you can undertake in your garden and outside space and one common project is to widen a driveway. So, how do you widen your driveway and do you need to ensure that you apply for planning permission before you do this?
One of the first things that you need to do is to think about the size that you need your driveway to be. You are going to want to make sure that you have enough space, after all, this is the reason that you are doing the work in the first place.
Then you need to think about making sure that you still have easy access to your front door and that you are not going to lose too much of your garden space. Whilst a wider driveway can be a selling point for a property, a lack of garden can be a negative to many people.
The most common way to widen your driveway is to simply add on an additional piece of driveway to one side. This will need to be made using the same materials, allowing you to then park your car on it. However, you can, if space allows, widen it on both sides. Or, you could, if you prefer, curve it around which allows your driveway to really work with your garden.
Another important consideration when it comes to widening your driveway is what materials you use. You are going to want to make sure that your new expanded driveway, at least in some part, looks like the existing driveway that you have.
In the most part, a drive widening project will not require planning permission.
However, this does depend on a few factors that you will need to keep in mind when planning your project. The main one that applies to driveway extensions and planning permission is the material that you use.
Those who are planning on using a porous material to build their driveway extension can do so within their permitted development rules. These materials allow for the water to drain through during those periods of rain. The most common of the materials has to be gravel, however there is also the option for permeable concrete blocks or even porous asphalt. Not only this, but you can also make sure that you fit within the permitted development rules, if you can direct any rainwater that does fall onto your driveway onto your lawn, or into a border, which will allow it to drain naturally.
The size of your driveway extension can also play a part in whether or not you are going to need planning permission and it is worthwhile checking the rules should your extension be more than 5 square metres.
You are also going to need to consider aspects such as whether you are located in a conservation area, which will impact the work that you can have carried out on our house. As well as whether or not you need a dropped kerb. If you do need a dropped kerb in order to use your driveway, then you need to ensure that you contact your local council. They will be able to advise on this process and whether or not the pavement is going to need to be strengthened in order to do this. This is to ensure that you protect any services that may be found below the ground, such as water pipes.
If you are worried that you don’t know whether or not your driveway changes are within permitted development, then speak to us. We are experts in a wide range of planning permission related enquiries and can help to ensure that your property is properly covered within the regulations in your area.
Not only this, but we can also work with you those early days, in the planning stage, to help you to ascertain whether or not what you want is actually possible and the best ways to go about making the changes to your property.
Fixed Price Architecture Limited
282 Leigh Road
Leigh on Sea
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