Crystalclear are a Marshalls national and regional award winning driveway and patio contractor installing top quality driveways and patios throughout the north west
1 October 2008 new rules apply for householders wanting to pave over their front
new driveway or parking area is constructed using permeable surfaces such as permeable block paving, porous asphalt or gravel
or if the water is able to soak into the ground via soil borders or a soak away
you will not require planning permission
These new planning rules also apply
to where existing hard standing are being replaced and apply to hard surfaces
exceeding 5 square metres in area
Applying for planning permission will
require you to fill in an application form, draw plans which have to be to scale
and pay a fee of £ 150. Planning applications for this type of development
should normally be decided within 8 weeks after submission
More and more householders are laying hard surfaces over front
gardens to provide off-road parking. At present there are no restrictions on a
householder's ability to do so.
Hard surfaces lead to accelerated run-off
of surface water which can overload sewerage systems in more urban areas. This
problem is likely to intensify as climate change produces more torrential downpours.
Government intends, therefore, to require that paving installed using permitted
development rights does not make this problem worse.
In future paving in
front gardens will not be permitted development rights unless the surface allows
the water to drain away naturally.
This can be achieved in a number of ways
- most simply by ensuring that water runs off to an unpaved area such as a garden
considering covering a larger area with paving, or blocks, dealing with rainfall
is a serious consideration. During a typical storm, vast amounts of water can
fall onto the large area of a car park or driveway, and this has to go somewhere.
The worst thing you can do is to create a water trap, where huge lakes are created
whenever there is a downpour!
Problems of water management are worsened
when you have to cover an area which has slopes and low points. These are the
natural places for water to head, and they will get silted up and damaged very
quickly unless something is done to prevent the water running to these points
in the first place.
The modern solution to covering a large area, is
to use permeable paving. This consists of small brick or concrete sections closely
set together, but not actually physically connected together. These can be laid
out in an attractive pattern, for example marking parking places and roadways
with different colours. However the secret to a permeable paving area is the way
that rain water is handled.
blocks are often laid upon oil separation layers in car parks. This is in
turn placed on a permeable aggregate layer, which allows water to disperse in
the area where it falls. There is no need to add in a complicated sewerage system
in many cases. For really large areas, a simple piping system is added so that
excess water can be removed and dealt with, but this is simple to do on all land
areas because of the simple way that the permeable blocks are laid.
Frost damage is unlikely because water is dealt with so efficiently, and because
there is an amount of movement between blocks. The insulating effect of the blocks
also goes a long way to creating a long lasting covering - much better than a
For any larger area, you must consult the experts to
have your land assessed. This will ensure that all of the features of your particular
land, and the uses that you will have, are taken into account. However, in the
long run, a permeable block paving area, combined with appropriate SUDS will ensure
that you have a long lasting area which is usable all year round, whatever the