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By James Thompson, Jun 19 2019 03:42PM

With more vehicles on the road, and parking space becoming more scarce than ever, many home owners opt for a new driveway to solve the issue of getting parked anywhere near their house – Who likes to unload the car, then drive 5 minutes to find a space to park it?


Having a new driveway is a relatively simple process, often not requiring planning permission if the right specifications are met.


Advice from the online planning portal states that you will not need formal planning permission if you intend to use a permeable paving surface such as gravel, porous asphalt, or permeable block paving such as the Permapave range from Stonemarket, or, if the surface is not permeable, the rainwater run-off is directed to a surface water drain, or other permeable surface such as a lawn or gravel area.


It is also worth noting that these rules only apply to your front garden, so bear that in mind before beginning your project.


You will require planning permission if your proposed driveway exceeds 5m2, and your driveway doesn’t meet the conditions above (permeable surface / directs water run off to a permeable surface).


Also to consider is if you need to install Drop Kerbs if your access passes over a public footpath, and this is something that a registered contractor needs to complete.


PM Straw Builders have all the expertise you need to complete your driveway project to the highest standard, to improve your car parking provision, or to simply create a low maintenance area of your home in place of a lawn or garden area. Call us today for further advice, and to discuss your plans.


Disclaimer; This is an introductory guide and is not a definitive source of legal information. If in doubt contact your local planning department.




By James Thompson, Jun 7 2019 09:04AM

Many homes in rural areas such as the North Yorkshire Moors have their waste water drainage systems pipes into a septic tank, and in some cases, several properties may be served by the same septic tank. After entering the tank, waste water is then either drained off into soakaways or drainage fields, or it is drained off into a nearby river or stream.


From 2020, the Environment Agency are introducing new septic tank regulations associated with how waste water from septic tanks is drained off, meaning waste water from old septic tanks can no longer be drained off into a watercourse as it is deemed too polluting.


If your property is served by a septic tank that drains directly into a watercourse, you may need to consider the following action;


1) Upgrade your septic tank to a water treatment plant such as those provided by Clearwater or Klargester. This will make the outflow of water cleaner, meaning you should still be able to drain it off into a watercourse. Here at PM Straw, we can arrange for a Rep to attend site and help specify the sizing of the treatment plant you may require.


2) Make changes to the drainage of your existing septic tank so it drains off into a soakaway or drainage field - not directly into a watercourse. For this method you will be required to carry out a percolation test to ensure that waste water won't seep into a nearby watercourse.


Altering the drainage, or renewing your septic tank can be a large undertaking, and here at PM Straw we can work with you, and Reps from the companies supplying the tanks, to ensure your system meets the new requirements.


Call us today or fill out the contact form on our contact page, to arrange an initial site visit for the replacement of your septic tank.


For more information about te new regulations, click here -> https://www.gov.uk/guidance/general-binding-rules-small-sewage-discharge-to-a-surface-water