If you're in the market for a new driveway and are considering having a resin bound driveway installed, you maybe wondering if planning permission is required. It is always important to take into account what planning permissions and building regulations need to be adhered to for home maintenance work.
Is planning permission required?
The good news, if you are thinking about having a resin driveway at your home, it doesn't require any form of planning permission for standard builds. If you reside in a graded property or you are in an environmental area, then this may be required. If you are unsure, the best thing to do is to check with your local council.
Whilst planning permission isn't generally required to have a new driveway installed, there are a few other things that you'll have consider
Surface – The surface or pre-surface that your new resin bound driveway will be constructed on will need to be secure and stable. Concrete is the best surface, if it is free from cracks and not too high. You can't have a resin driveway built on an already existing block driveway, which means that this will have to be removed. A good construction company should be able to advise you on what extra work needs to be carried out.
Depth – When having a resin driveway, you will need to consider the depth that it needs to be. This can vary, but the standard depth is between 15mm and 20mm. Any less that this and you run the risk of cracks developing which will ultimately ruin it.
Aggregates – This is the stone element that is used to construct your new driveway. You can incorporate any other features into this, such as coloured glass or stone, but on the whole the standard size required for the stones is 2-5mm. The stones allow your driveway to remain porous which helps to reduce stagnant water build up, as this can damage a driveway.
Type - There are two types of resin based types – resin bound and resin bond. Resin bound is what your driveway should be made from because the aggregates are completely combined with the resin binder which creates the smooth look and ensures that it's porous. Resin bond on the other hand is generally used for footpaths as the resin filler is applied to the surface first before the aggregates is applied on top. Resin bond isn't porous and isn't considered strong enough to withstand the weight of cars or vans on a regular basis.
Always remember that whilst a resin bound driveway doesn't necessarily require planning permission, you will have to ensure that it meets the various other building standards.
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