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Driveway Drainage

From 1 October 2008, the permitted development rights that allow householders to pave their front garden with hardstanding without planning permission have changed in order to reduce the impact of this type of development on flooding and on pollution of watercourses. You will not need planning permission if a new or replacement driveway of any size uses permeable (or porous) surfacing, such as gravel, permeable concrete block paving or porous asphalt, or if the rainwater is directed to a lawn or border to drain naturally.

”The drainage channel is the solution for people who live in houses which are below street level. Drainage channels come in a variety of lengths and can be combined with a wide range of accessories to aid the installation and connection to the main drain.”


A driveway with inadequate drainage solutions can lead to serious problems which can damage the home. Some people have experienced water seeping into their home and being flooded. These things can be attributed to a driveway which is poorly planned. If you have not had any driveway problems, you surely would want to keep it that way – and in order to do so, it is vital that proper driveway drainage solutions are put in place.

Driveway Drainage Options

  • Placement & slope
  • Drainage channel
  • Permeable pavements

Drainage for driveways needs to deal with two main issues: making sure the surface water goes somewhere where it can drain slowly into the ground and drainage beneath the top surface. Linear drainage solutions are the preferred choice amongst specifiers and contractors as they are simple and straightforward to design and cost effective to install.




”A trench drain sometimes called a French drain can be installed where the driveway meets the garage. This type of drain is long and narrow and should run the entire width of the driveway.”


Failure to properly drain a pavement can cause all sorts of problems. Water on the surface encourages mosses, algae and other vegetation to colonise the paving; in icy conditions, even shallow puddles can become dangerous ice rinks, and over the longer term, standing water can actually damage the paving itself.

Consider a Soakaway Anyway

However, if your driveway does send a lot of rainwater into the road, it might be worth considering a soakaway or other drainage anyway, since it will be better for the environment.



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