2. Drainage – how to stay on the right side of the law
Planning permission is only required for new or upgraded front driveways or parking areas bigger than 5m2 when the rainwater runs onto the road or into the drainage system. To avoid the need to apply for planning permission, the driveway can be constructed so that the rainwater soaks into the ground.
One way to achieve this is to install permeable paving. Alternatively, rainwater can be channelled off the surface of the drive into a soak-away which then allows it to disperse naturally into the ground within the boundaries of your property.
Don’t forget! If you are planning to use a soak-away, remember to allow for a gentle fall on the driveway so that rainwater naturally runs off the drive and into the soak-away system.