SOLVED: How Many Driveways Can A House Have?
On average, households in England have more than one car, and the average car ownership is on the rise, but does that mean that the number of driveways that a house has should be increasing as well?
If you’re lucky enough to have a large garden, then you may very well have considered installing more than one driveway, perhaps for practicality or even aesthetics – after all, a driveway can be a great property feature.
Having more than one driveway can certainly be counted as a bonus in some cases, but is it possible to have more than one driveway and just how many driveways can a house have before it becomes too much?
The good news is that there is technically no legal limit to the number of driveways that you can have. However, it’s not all good news. You may encounter some problems with regulations if you go too crazy with your driveway count.
Planning Permission for Driveways
The first hurdle that you may run into when looking to install multiple driveways is planning permission, which can cause a bit of a problem if you’re considering an impermeable driveway material.
Any impermeable driveway that exceeds five square metres is normally going to require planning permission, as impermeable driveways can cause serious drainage problems. For permeable driveway materials, like resin bound driveways, planning permission isn’t normally needed.
If you’re lucky enough to have a large garden, then you may very well have considered installing more than one driveway, perhaps for practicality or even aesthetics – after all, a driveway can be a great property feature
Applying for a Dropped Kerb
Even if you’ve got the all-clear from planning permission, you may still encounter a problem when applying for a dropped kerb. Dropped kerb applications are handled by your local council, so there can be some varying rules and regulations from county to county in England.
Every driveway that requires a vehicle to be driven over a footway requires the installation of a dropped kerb. You can apply to have multiple kerbs dropped at the same time for larger driveways.
For a single driveway, there isn’t normally much of a problem applying for a dropped kerb, but the same can’t always be said for multiple driveways.
You may get rejected for a dropped kerb if:
• You don’t have a big enough garden
• There are traffic signals too close to your home
• The kerbs are on a very steep slope
• There is a tree or street lamp in the way
• Visibility isn’t good enough
Driveways come in all shapes and styles, and you can even design your own style. A popular style for households with multiple cars is a u-shaped driveway, which is pretty much as close as you can get to two driveways without actually having two driveways
Design the Perfect Driveway Layout
If you have multiple cars and very little driveway space, then building a new driveway may be the first option that you’ve considered, but it’s not the only option out there.
Driveways come in all shapes and styles, and you can even design your own style. A popular style for households with multiple cars is a u-shaped driveway, which is pretty much as close as you can get to two driveways without actually having two driveways.
A u-shaped resin bound driveway not only looks amazing, with smooth and beautiful surfaces, it’s also highly practical for multiple cars. The in-and-out style of the drive means that multiple cars can be parked with ease, without causing a problem when it comes to getting the vehicles out.
As a resin driveway is very durable and hard-wearing, with resistence to cracks and weed-growth, it’s also going to be able to handle increased traffic and still be very low maintenance!
The restrictions for where a dropped kerb can be installed provide some limit to the number of driveways that you may be able to have. However, if you have an extremely large garden, then there shouldn’t be much standing in your way when designing a landscape with multiple driveways
One Driveway or Ten Driveways… Home Logic are Here to Help
The exact number of driveways that you can have will all depend on the size of your home, where it’s located, and what kind of surface that you choose… but it’s certainly not always impossible to install more than one driveway.
At Home Logic, our expert driveway installers and designers can help you to design the driveway of your dreams, or the driveways of your dreams. If you’re after one enormous driveway or multiple driveways, then we can help you to make that a reality.
For more information about Home Logic driveway services or the benefits of resin bound surfacing for hard-wearing and beautiful driveways, call the team at Home Logic today on 0800 1700 636, or, alternatively, by simply clicking the button below!