Joined: May 2017
||Posted: 07 May 2017,12:53
I've searched the forum a little but because I'm brand new to all of this, I suspect my google-fu is weak; my search-terms are probably not accurate and I'm not seeing the answers I (think I) need. Your help would be greatly appreciated at this juncture.
I am getting a new drive-way for my house done imminently. In the interests of keeping costs down and expediency (read: I'm cheap and lazy), I'm attempting to do this under permitted development law. However, there are some nuances to my situation which I'm not sure have a bearing on using 'permitted development' law or not.
The proposed drive-way is for a semi-detached house, and will utilise the whole of the front-garden as it currently exists now - somewhere in the region of 25m2. The current 'garden' consists of impermeable paving and concrete throughout. The plan is to remove all the existing concrete and paving, and install a Concrete Block Permeable Paving drive-way in its place. However:
1) Is installing a CBPP drive-way right up to the edge of the house recommended? Are there any issues with doing this?
2) Because of where the damp-proof course is in the house wall structure and also because of the height of the air-vents in the wall (house built in 1939), the drive-way will have a shallow slope towards the house. Whilst I think that there is no inherent danger of installing a CBPP drive-way with a shallow slope towards the house so long as the base layer is level, should I also install a drainage channel near the house for overflow requirements?
3) If a drainage channel is recommended, said channel would be connected to the sewer itself (along with the roof guttering). Are there are any planning concerns with doing this, assuming the rest of the drive-way uses CBPP?
The house is in northern Surrey, so I'm fairly sure the local planning authority (Elmbridge) will be quite keen to know what I'm proposing given the area's history of flooding. I don't think I can get away with impermeable paving and a soak-away, as I suspect there is no appropriate position for a soak-away given that anywhere in the front-garden is likely too close to the property itself.
I can provide images and precise dimensions on request, although this would have to wait until the evening of Monday 8th as I'm not yet living at the property. Any assistance you can provide would be great! Thanks a lot in advance.