Constructing your driveway

You should wait for the vehicle access to be finished before starting to construct your driveway. This is because our works may need your driveway to be altered.

For example, if your driveway is already finished, you may have to replace the concrete footway edging at the back of the footway during the construction of the vehicle access as this is part of the highway.

As we will be lowering the footway or verge, there is no guarantee that the new edgings will be at the existing level or line.

You may have to remove a narrow strip of your driveway to facilitate replacement of the edging. The removal and reinstatement of your driveway is your responsibility.

If this is needed we will confirm it when we give you your quotation. 

Failure to remove the edging before our works will result in our contractor having to leave the site and there may be a return visit fee of £150. 

Your garden may contain manhole covers and stopcocks. Access to them is always required so they must not be covered over. 


If your new driveway hardstanding is over 5 square meters using traditional materials that don't let water through, you need planning permission. 

Examples of such materials include: 

  • non-porous tarmac
  • concrete
  • concrete paving slaps or non-permeable paving
  • non-porous resin

You don't need planning permission to build or replace a driveway of any size if:

  • you use permeable or porous surfacing such as gravel, permeable concrete block paving or porous asphalt
  • the rainwater flows to a lawn or border to drain naturally
  • you provide a bespoke positive drainage solution

A simple but effective alternative to continuous surfacing is wheel strips. These are formed by laying 2 lines of heavy duty paving slabs.