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Do You Need Planning Permission For A Tarmac Driveway?

When it comes to making changes or improvements to your property, understanding the regulations and legal requirements can be a crucial step. If you’re considering installing a tarmac driveway in the UK, one question that may arise is whether you need planning permission. Planning permission is the process by which local authorities regulate and control development, ensuring that it complies with various regulations and guidelines. In the case of tarmac driveways, the need for planning permission depends on several factors. Let’s delve deeper into this topic and shed some light on the subject.

Permitted Development Rights

Permitted Development Rights (PDRs) grant homeowners certain privileges to carry out minor alterations and improvements without the need for planning permission. These rights apply to a wide range of projects, including small-scale extensions, conservatories, and driveways. However, there are limitations and conditions that must be met to qualify for these rights.

Driveway Regulations

To determine whether planning permission is required for a tarmac driveway, it is important to consider specific regulations that apply to driveways in general. Here are a few key points to keep in mind:

1. Front Garden Size: The total area of the driveway, along with any other hard surfaces, should not exceed more than 5 square meters if you live in a designated area such as a national park or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. For other areas, it should not exceed more than 50% of the front garden area. If your proposed tarmac driveway exceeds these limits, you may require planning permission.

2. Surface Water Drainage: Proper surface water drainage is crucial to prevent flooding and water runoff issues. Permeable or porous driveways that allow water to drain through the surface may be considered more favorably by local authorities. If your tarmac driveway is not permeable, you may need to incorporate a suitable drainage system to meet regulations.

3. Visual Impact: Planning authorities often consider the visual impact of a development on the surrounding area. If your tarmac driveway significantly alters the appearance of your property or has a notable impact on the character of the local environment, it might require planning permission.

4. Listed Buildings or Conservation Areas: If your property is a listed building or located in a conservation area, additional restrictions may apply. In such cases, it is highly recommended to consult with your local planning authority to understand the specific requirements and obtain the necessary approvals.

Pre-Application Advice

If you’re unsure about whether planning permission is required for your tarmac driveway, it is advisable to seek pre-application advice from your local planning authority. They can provide guidance based on your specific circumstances and help you understand the regulations that apply to your property.

In most cases, homeowners can install a tarmac driveway under their permitted development rights without the need for planning permission. However, it is crucial to ensure compliance with the relevant regulations regarding the size, drainage, and visual impact of the driveway. It is always a good idea to consult with your local planning authority to confirm whether your proposed tarmac driveway falls within permitted development or if you need to submit a planning application.

Remember, this article provides general guidance, and regulations may vary depending on your location and specific circumstances. It is important to conduct thorough research and seek professional advice when making changes to your property to ensure compliance with local planning regulations.

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Ted and his team did a fantastic job on my mum's drive . They arrived early in the morning and got stuck in straight away . They completed the job in 2 days as predicted including a few extras for free . Ted takes pride in their work and likes everything to be perfect . A competitive price using the best materials from a local firm . A great work ethic provided an excellent job well done . I would highly recommend Maughan Construction.
We have just had our driveway transformed by Ted and his team. We have been blow away by there work. They were on time, hard working, delivered everything they said they would (even did extra). Ted has been open and honest throughout the process and explained what he would be doing step by step. Top quality work, you can see why they are the highest rated company in the area. We will be having them back for work in the back garden.
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ZXR 400
09:27 07 Feb 24
Ken Hancock
Ken Hancock
13:57 23 Jan 24
Emailed Ted with an enquiry regarding our drive. Ted responded to the enquiry by phone and called to site the same day and promptly dealt with the enquiry to our satisfaction.Happy customer.
Tracy Averill
Tracy Averill
20:50 28 Nov 23
Well what can I say about Ted and his team...These guys are just brilliant. Transformed our old decaying red tarmac driveway into a tidy block paved drive with great kerb appeal.I cannot believe how quick and efficiently these guys operate. They are like a well oiled machine and the finished product is just great.Ted's business sense is spot on... he isn't happy unless the customer is fully satisfied with the job. These guys turn up when they say and work like trojans till the job is complete, leaving the site clean and tidy.I cannot praise this company enough. Look at his reviews!. He's getting something right!If you want your drive doing then get these guys in.. You won't be disappointed. I'll have these guys back if I want anymore work doing without hesitation..Thanks again to you Ted and your team.Keep up the good work!
Richard Averill
Richard Averill
16:26 05 Nov 23
Great job on my new driveway and patio path thank you very much ted&team highly recommend these guys!!!
Callum Edwards
Callum Edwards
12:16 01 Nov 23
I am a sceptical person by nature but these lads are first class workmen, I can't speak highly enough of their quality of work,exceptional teamwork and Ted is a character who put my mind at rest about the whole job. For any building work I can't rate them highly enough. Its refreshing to know there are trustworthy people still out there. Would recommend them to anyone.
Lynsey Hunter
Lynsey Hunter
16:05 31 Oct 23
New driveway done, very pleased with it and it looks absolutely fabulous, the workers including Ted were all efficient and professional, clean, tidy when working and at the end of the day. Lovely job.
gail leigh
gail leigh
10:14 04 Oct 23
This company has put in block paving and tarmac for me at lightwood, the job was of very high standard and the work was done in 2 days.Great work 👏
Rais Mohammed
Rais Mohammed
13:02 02 Oct 23
Top quality work and very fast ted and his colleagues always do an outstanding job and couldn’t thank them enough
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Mike Hassett
12:27 23 Sep 23
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