Did you know that since October 2008, it has been a legal requirement to incorporate SuDS (Sustainable Drainage Systems) into any front garden or driveway over 5m² that is being paved over – even if you are only replacing an existing driveway?
This requirement was introduced to prevent any surface water run-off to the highway and thereby help reduce the risk of future flooding events and build up a more sustainable infrastructure for our urban spaces.
In some instances it is not possible to incorporate a SuDS solution; in these cases you will need to seek Planning Permission from your Local Authority. Failure to do this could be a costly omission as your driveway may subsequently need to be replaced if you come to sell your property in the future.
Permeable paving is a special type of block paving with slightly larger gaps between the blocks. This allows surface water to drain between the blocks into a specially designed sub-base where the water drains slowly away as it would naturally.
By incorporating permeable paving into your design you can avoid the need for planning, have a great looking driveway and help prevent the risk of flooding. Ask your installer for more information.
Want something a bit different for your home?
We have introduced Omega Flow and Alpha Flow into our product range to provide you with two of our most popular paving ranges as Permeable Paving options so that you don’t have to compromise on style. These can be combined with other products from our portfolio including edgings and channels to create the ideal entrance to your home – something which will be unique to you.
Please remember to consider surface water drainage on your driveway as you will be responsible for ensuring that it complies with the Building Regulations
Please contact our friendly team to discuss your block paving requirements and we will be happy to help.
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Traditional permeable block paving has an aged look with softer lines and riven surfaces to create a more rustic appearance - but with nibs that allow for larger gaps in order to drain water away in to a specially designed substrate.
It goes without saying that these products work best with older properties - however they can be used to great effect to counterpoint modern home designs.
Value permeable block paving offers a classic reactangular block paviour - but with nibs that allow for larger gaps in order to drain water away in to a specially designed substrate.