CD Designs Blog
Ever since 1 October 2008 new rules have applied for householders wanting to hard surface over their front gardens. If the surface to be covered is more than five square metres, you will need planning permission for laying traditional, impermeable driveways that do not control rainwater running off onto roads. This will apply to new driveways, drive extensions or drive replacements. You will NOT need planning permission if the surface to be covered is less than five square metres or if the new surface is permeable or porous or if a traditional surface is laid and the rainwater is directed to a lawn or border to drain naturally or if it is directed to a soakaway via a drainage channel. An estimated 70% of existing driveways already drain in a sustainable way.
From October 2008 we have advised customers to incorporate sustainable drainage into their pattern imprinted concrete projects to adhere to Sustainable drainage systems (SUDS) if their scheme doesn’t already conform with the SUDS protocol.
This may be in the form of Aco drainage that flows into a sump or natural soakaway in the form of a border but there are other products which already conform to SUDS can be Resin bound aggregates and permeable block paving systems which are part of our range at Complete Driveway Designs.
12th November 2014