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Factors to Consider When Planning a New Driveway

A new driveway is a big investment, so it’s important to get it right when deciding what kind of surface you do and do not want. Here are a few pointers on factors to consider before you make your final selection.
What kinds of things should I think about?
One immensely essential thought is the thing that you might want your driveway to look like. Particularly if it's an extensive area, it's imperative to pick a look you can live with. Tarmac, gravel, block paving, resin etc are all very different and will create different looks. A good way to decide which you prefer is to view what options neighbors, friends and family have gone for and how their drives look. Good contractors will also have a portfolio of past works with photos they can show you, so you get an idea of what each surface type looks like over larger areas.

What practical requirements you have?

Do you need something that is anything but difficult to keep up due to a bustling family life or reduced mobility? A few surfaces are more difficult to keep clean and may require more upkeep than others and this may not suit your lifestyle. Ask your contractual worker what support each sort of surface requires and think about whether it's something you can manage.
Do you have youthful kids or does anybody in the family utilize a wheelchair? Simple access to and from the front entryway is fundamental. A hard surface also offers a better area for children to play with balls and bicycles, etc than gravel.

Will planning permission be needed?

Following boundless flooding in the UK in 2007, new guidelines were presented with respect to arranging consent for hard surfaces to the front of properties. Comprehensively, you do not need planning permission for any new or replacement driveway, regardless of what size it is, provided the material utilized is penetrable or permeable. At the end of the day, there's no need to apply for planning as long as the surface material enables water to filter through to the subsoil beneath, instead of pooling. This would include gravel, permeable block paving or porous asphalt.
On the off chance that the surface isn't permeable, at that point there must be arrangements set up to guarantee that any water is occupied to an outskirt or grass, for instance, with the goal that it can filter away normally. What's more, if the surface isn't permeable and there are no arrangements for water to keep running off into a porous region like a garden, and the hard surface will cover an area of more than five metres squared, then planning permission will be required.
In case you're in any uncertainty regarding whether you need arranging authorization or not, it's in every case better to ask your nearby planning department at the board for their recommendation before any work begins. Else, you risk needing the driveway or other hard surface expelled at your own cost sometime in the not too distant future.
A decent surface contractual worker will probably advise you on your alternatives, including penetrable materials that will not require permission. Why not call our accomplished group at JDCDriveways for ideas for your driveway today?
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