New laws have been introduced for households wanting to hard surface over their front gardens. The drains in most urban areas were built many years ago and were not designed to cope with increased rainfall. More water is entering the drains from new developments and paving front gardens adds to the problem. Although paving over one or two gardens may not seem to make a difference, the combined effect of lots of people in a street or area doing this can increase the risk of flooding. Therefore, if the surface to be covered is more than five square metres planning permission will be needed for laying traditional, impermeable driveways that do not provide for the water to run to a permeable area.

If you have an existing driveway no retrospective planning consent is required.

At L Murphy Construction Ltd we are experts in drainage and soakaways. In order to comply with the new legislation it is important to ensure you have the correct drainage for your driveway. The ground below your driveway must be made up of mainly sand or gravel so as to allow water to soak into it. We calculate the size of the soakaway to be used when we install your new driveway.


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