Whether or not you require a dropped kerb / crossover to access your driveway will also determine whether or not you require planning permission
Planning permission is generally required to create a crossover / dropped kerb in all of the following instances:
- The crossover is to be on a classified / tiered or trunk road (this relates to most roads located in the UK)
- The crossover is to a commercial property
- The crossover is to a property that is a maisonette or divided into flats
- The crossover is to a listed building
- The crossover is in a conservation area, which is covered by Article 4 Direction requiring planning permission for hard surfacing;
- The access is likely to affect a tree, which is protected by a Tree Preservation Order.
Another consideration that has a large effect on planning permission is the material that you use to construct your new drive way.
Those who are planning on using a porous material to build their driveway extension can do so within their permitted development rights and therefore provided you already have a crossover/dropped kerb in place you will not require planning permission for your driveway.
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 and location of your vehicle crossover is also something that needs to be taken into consideration. Generally the Council will only allow one crossover per property unless it is to create a carraige style driveway or an ‘in/out’ drive.
The maximum width of the crossover should not exceed 4.2m.
The minimum distance between two crossovers is generally 2.4 metres so as to limit any adverse impact on pedestrians using the pavement and to minimise the loss of kerb side parking.
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.