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Many of our customers often ask whether they will need planning permission for work carried out on their home. Here is a quick guide to whether you will need planning permission when improving your home.
For front gardens, planning permission is not generally needed if your driveway is less than 5 square metres, or you are using a permeable material like gavel, block paving or porous asphalt. For our pattern imprinted concrete installations, which are non-permeable, we will design a drainage system specifically for your needs, so that any rainwater is allowed to drain properly.
For any patios or side of house parking areas and paths, no planning permission is required as long as there is no significant embanking or terracing built to support a hard surface. When it comes to decking, planning permission is again not required provided it is not raised more than 30cm, and the decking and other external structures don’t cover more than 50% of the total garden area.
Any walls, fences or gates will not normally need planning permission unless they are over 2 metres high, or over 1 metre tall and next to a highway used for vehicles. Alternatively permission may be needed if you are changing the boundary of a neighbouring listed building. If you live in a listed building yourself, planning permission is usually needed for any indoor or outdoor work on the property.
If planning permission is necessary, we will provide all the assistance needed to get it. If you would like some no-obligation advice, please contact us here. For more in-depth information, you can look at a handy 3D government guide here.
23rd November 2012
Decking is becoming an increasingly regular sight in peoples’ gardens. We can install traditional wooden decking as part of our services. A lot of our customers like to combine wooden decking with a pattern imprinted concrete patio. This creates a two-level area that’s perfect for BBQs and garden parties.
We’re fans of wooden decking, and we think it’s a really good addition to most back garden projects. However, for those who are interested in the look of decking but would prefer to stick with one material, there is an answer.
You see, the patterns we can imprint into concrete aren’t limited to classic stone surfacing patterns like Ashlar Slate and Herringbone Brick. We can also imprint concrete to look like wood. The combination or pattern and colour means that you can have an area of concrete which looks like decking, but has the unique properties of concrete.
Pattern imprinted concrete will age differently to wooden decking, but well installed decking should last for a long time. It’s a matter of taste really, and may also depend on the specifications of the job. It’s something you should discuss with your contractor. If you’re interested in discussing this or any other pattern imprinted concrete ideas, remember that we offer free, no obligation quotes, and are easy to contact.
30th December 2010
Your driveway doesn’t have to be boring. It’s a utilitarian space, yes, and it needs to be designed with practicality first and foremost. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to sacrifice on visual appeal. A pattern imprinted concrete driveway is one of the easiest ways to get a driveway that’s functional and attractive. But you don’t have to stop there; once you’ve chosen the material you’re going to surface your driveway with, there are a number of other possible additions to the front of your property. They’re simple, effective ideas that can have a fantastic effect on your home or business’s “curb appeal”.
For example, CD Designs offer a range of fencing and gating, which can be installed along with your driveway. We can also install patios, and areas of decking, which could help to make your driveway and front garden a more social space.
For additional security, as well as functionality, you could consider lighting your driveway. External lights can be mounted in a number of subtle ways, and either controlled directly, by a traditional on/off switch, or by sensors. Well positioned lights can help you to make your driveway look impressive at night-time, and make it easier to park or move about on foot after dark.
One of the benefits of a pattern imprinted concrete drive is that it can be installed in shaped bands and fields which allow you to leave space for flower beds and rockeries, amongst other features. These can add some additional colour to your drive, as well as letting you keep your green fingers well practised.
Edging and footpaths also present an opportunity to inject a little bit more interest into your drive; either by creating them out of materials like gravel or reclaimed bricks, or, if that sounds like too much hassle, by picking a complimentary patterned-and-coloured concrete combination from the wide range available.
18th February 2010