Front GardenFollowing the new legislation in England as of 1st October 2008, planning permission is now required to lay traditional impermeable driveways that allow uncontrolled runoff of rainwater from front gardens exceeding 5m2 onto roads. The reason is that rainfall can travel quickly into the watercourse via impermeable surfaces and there is very little natural infiltration or retention to reduce levels of pollutants such as silt, organic matter and petrol/oil derivatives.
What is SUDS?
General householders will therefore not require planning permission if they use permeable paving, or if they have sufficient drainage or soak away to ensure runoff from non-permeable surfaces.
Whatever route you do choose – permeable paving or planning permission – Greenroom Landscaping will advise you on the best option for your garden and soil type.
Improve or Move? Special offers
January 2011Even though we have been told that the recession is now over, we have yet to see the effects especially in the housing market. Therefore many of us are deciding to stay put and improve on what we have rather, than running the risk of selling and having the added costs of stamp duties.
To improve your home and garden without spending too much cash, consider the following options: