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Adding a driveway to your property is a fantastic way of improving the kerbside appeal of your home as well as being a great practical addition and adding value.  There are some rules that you need to consider however when adding a driveway to ensure that you comply with legislation. 

Driveway legislation is in place to help reduce any flooding impacts should a flood occur. If you are adding a driveway that is over 5 metre squared a drainage system must be in place so that the water is able to run and drain correctly . If this is not in place you will need to obtain planning permission. 

Rainwater can cause a lot of issues with flooding in streets on driveways and street drains. There are ways to work around this with driveway drainage and permeable paving the best one will depend on your individual needs and also budget.

Drainage systems can be added to driveways to ensure that if any rainwater lands on the driveway it is directed back onto your own land. This is used if a permeable driveway surface is not used. The experts here at Allmac can advise on innovative and attractive drainage solutions for your driveways to suit your individual needs that will help to reduce any risk of flooding and also that will comply with government legislations. 

Using permeable paving solutions will not require any additional planning permissions or any additional draining. The way permeable paving works is by being designed so that the rainwater is directed into the ground below which in turn doesn’t affect the street drains. This then will reduce any risk of flooding which is why the planning permission does not need to be obtained when adding a permeable driveway to the home. 

You will also need to factor in materials and colour choices and the look of your driveway if it is in a conservation area to ensure that you are not in breach of any conservation restrictions when making changes to your property, 

Our experts here at Allmac will help you every step of the way to ensure that you follow the rules when adding a driveway to your property. We will provide advice, guidance and expert service throughout the process from the initial consultation through to installation and maintenance. Contact our friendly team today for more information.