Drainage Options for your Driveway

Why you may need permeable paving

Following the introduction of new legislation, you can no longer pave over your front garden without considering where the surface water may drain to.

Everyone is asked to act responsibly and do their bit by installing driveways that ensure surface water is handled within the confines of their property, letting it soak into the ground or reusing it in the home, rather than flooding public roads and drains.

What are your options?

There are a number of ways to meet the new legislation, but choosing one depends on the layout of your property's front garden and driveway. Here are some guidelines to make your choice easier.

Option #1 - Permeable Paving and Gravel

These products allow water to permeate through to and into the ground naturally. More advanced designs allow you to collect and reuse water in the home or garden.

Permeable block paving and gravel are the most popular solutions.

Permeable block paving requires different sub base structure to ensure it works efficiently, starting off with some simple tests to understand the suitability of local soil conditions.

Options #2 - Impermeable solutions with Soakaways

It is still possible to install any of our standard paving products and meet the new legislation.

If the ground conditions are suitable, all you need to do is ensure that the design includes suitable drainage slopes and channels to direct water towards an effective soak away or soft landscaped area.

Distinctive Driveways are able to supply a comprehensive drainage products. These include line drains, gratings and recessed manholes.

Option #3 - Impermeable solutions without soakaways

This is only acceptable if the paved area is less than 5 square meters, for example on a short set of paved wheel tracks. For anything larger, and where rain will run into the public or household drainage system, planning permission is probably required.

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