Are you sick of fighting for a place to park and considering other options? In some cases, a conversion from a front garden space to a drive can be an excellent choice. Additional off-street parking can add considerable value to a home, especially in urban housing areas. It can be an ideal solution for those with little to no parking or multi-vehicle families that have the available space out front.
Fortunately, in most cases, creating or replacing a driveway does not need planning permissions. However, this does come down to the area and choice of material to be used. As long as you have property development rights, are going to use a porous material, such as gravel, block paving or a permeable asphalt, chances are that planning permissions will not be required. If the area is greater than five square metres and the materials used are going to be impermeable, then it is very likely that planning permissions will need to be acquired.
Also keep in mind, that a paved drive needs to have a dropped kerb for easy access. If you already have a partially paved or paved front garden, be sure to find out if it was designed for parking on, before using it as a drive. Because if that was not it’s intended purpose, it will not be suitable for parking due to not having enough hardcore underneath. If this is the case, it will not take the weight of a car.