Joined: June 2009
||Posted: 10 Sep. 2009,12:43
Just received a reply after i fired a couple of questions to the planning dept.
The new hard surfacing legislation does not fall within Building Control’s remit and therefore the new legislation will be policed by planning enforcement. Hence, a new/replacement hard standing that has been constructed out of non-porous materials or does not retain a permeable area to drain to will require planning permission. If planning permission is not sought then clients run the risk of having it ripped up if planning enforcement were to be informed. I would certainly suggest informing potential clients of this when quoting work for them.
There is no set recognised way on testing the permeability of driveways but I should imagine that the simplest option would be to pour a bucket of water over the surface and watch to see whether the water soaks either through the gaps between the block paving or is directed to soak into a permeable area within the garden. The main purpose of the legislation is to prevent surface water runoff from draining onto the highway and entering the main sewerage system. Therefore, provided that you can achieve this objective, this will be sufficient not to require planning permission.
I hope this answers your queries, if however you have any further questions please feel free to come back to us.
Planning Enquiry Officer
Milton Keynes Council
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