What do I need to Know about a new Driveway?

What do I need to Know about a new Driveway?

In 2020, we’re doing anything to upgrade our homes as we spend that bit more time staying indoors, but as we sadly can’t travel anywhere, what better way of getting a new driveway to improve the front and value of your home. Keep reading as RG Contractors from Solihull have some legislations that you need to know about first.

Driveway Legislation

Driveway legislation is there to reduce the impact of flooding. In simple terms, any new driveway over 5m2 must provide a drainage system for the water to run to a permeable area. If it doesn’t, then you will need to get planning permission.

As England has its fair share of rain and damp weather, there are many problems that could lead to the increase of flooding of street drains and driveways caused by rainwater. But luckily you will find a number of innovative and sustainable drainage solutions suitable for any household or budget. In this article we take a look at two options for complying with driveway legislation – driveway drainage and permeable paving.


Ricki Grenfell, owner of RG Contractors says: “To comply with legislation, if you don’t use a permeable surface on your driveway you still have to make sure that any rainwater that falls on it is directed back onto your land and not into the drainage system. Driveline Drain is a great way of achieving this. Placed along the end of your driveway, the concrete units complement your block paving perfectly and create an integral channel which directs the runoff away from the highway and into a suitable soakaway on your land.”

Other factors to consider

If you live in a conservation area, you will need to take these additional measures in place. The dimensions and location of your driveway will need to be considered when configuring the appropriate drainage – it’s very important to understand what’s below the surface as well.


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