Lowering raised garden to create driveway

22 Sep 2017
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Evening all.

Moving house soon and one of the first things I want to do is excavate the front garden and block pave it for a driveway, the only problem is the garden is raised as you can see in the picture attached. I was thinking about keeping the wall at the front but dropping the garden to make it level with the current block paving, and building a retaining wall down the middle against my neighbours raised garden.

As you can see the driveway will be sloping, and without taking an accurate measurement I estimate the level difference between the top of the neighbours garden, and the drive at its lowest point, against the wall at the bottom, to be 43cm.

Will this require planning permission? I have read on forums that raising the ground level more than 30cm requires planning permission, however I cant find anything official about this, or anything for that matter about lowering the ground level.

Is anybody able to confirm or point me in the correct direction?



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I don't think that lowering requires permission but the paving will do (probably)
It may make it easier if you choose a porous material - either brick or resin
Hi Tigercubrider, yeah i have looked into the permission for the paving. If i use permeable block paving such as that produced by Marshall's, or if I direct the rainwater to a soak away apparently I dont need permission. It was just the levelling of the ground that was concerning me permission wise.
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A guy not so long ago posted on here, he bought a house and removed a big chunk of garden . Some of his posts were to do with the delivery of stone - so search for those posts

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