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Front garden driveway issues / improve chances success.

Discussion in 'Building Regulations and Planning Permission' started by BathDIY, 20 Jan 2021.

  1. BathDIY

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    I want to put a driveway in our front garden but need guidance. Hope you can shed light on any issues I may have getting permission / what I might do to improve my chances?

    If I went ahead I would be knocking down a short retaining wall and extending the neighbour's drop kerb to accommodate access. The new drive would run alongside the neighbours 2-meter high back garden wall. I get on with the neighbour so I don't see any particular issues in this regard.

    My garden slopes down from the road (perhaps I could add a structure to remove the slope, but I would rather not).

    I guess the 2-meter fence would impede our view when exiting the new drive and the slope may compound this issue. Also, the road is curved so I don't know how a drivers line of sight may factor into gaining approval? Would I need to enlarge the opening of the driveway to improve the line of sight for example (are there any guidelines on this)?

    I would plan to make the driveway permeable as I know drainage is an issue. The house isn't listed and I don't know of any development restrictions.
     
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    Don't know about planning but reversing in would make sense. (I always reverse into mine)
    A fisheye / domed mirror might help coming out.
     
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    You may need PP to extend the drop kerb depending on where you live.
     
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    You don't need permission for a front drive. You might need planning permission for a dropped kerb depending the road classification.
     
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  6. BathDIY

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    Thanks all, how do I ascertain my road classification woody?

    Our road is a cul-de-sac, so I am assuming it cannot be classed as a "main road".

    My local planning office talks about main roads (A, B and C roads) reference drop kerbs.

    What the heck is a C road?

    When I contact them re this they ask me to submit a pre-application.
     
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    You wont need planning permission for a dropped kerb in a cul-de-sac. Just apply for the kerb to the Highways dept and they will deal with it. It's nothing to do with planning dept.

    Planning only required for main roads with lots of traffic, not the suburban estate roads
     
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