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 Post subject: Driveway help please
PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:34 pm 
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Good evening all, I've recently bought a house and got it cheap as there isn't parking nearby. Was hoping if anyone could tell me if I would be allowed to rip this mound of garden out and put a retaining wall with blocks down?? The garden only had a wall on the left side of my black gate! It's on a straight 30 mph road with double yellows running along the road (100 meters long) thank you all.ImageImageImage

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Hi Mate,
You will need planning, because I enquired with the council and they said I need planning. Planning fees were £172.00 and need to submit site plans, street plans, location plans and I think it will be another £20 to £50 pounds.

If the local council approves, then it goes to the Highway and they do the dropped kerb , which you have to pay further cost for dropped kerb.

You got a big drop from the road to front entrance of the house, so it will be a slope or you can make it flat, but then you will need to keep the steps to walk back to your front door.




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You will need planning I am sure but I reckon it will be fine, where I live there are loads of people who have dug out similar parking spaces.


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You probably would not have to pay for the drop kerb as there isn't one and double yellows stops anyone parking and blocking you in. Hell of an excavation and removing the spoil will be a bit costly. Check out grab lorries for removing as the digger gets a lorry load ready. I would say that the value added to the house having off street parking would justify the project cost.

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Wow....You guys know your stuff thank you all for your advice so far. Will keep you all posted.

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Lol I've been quoted 15 k for the driveway work

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That doesn't surprise me, there is a lot of soil to remove and then substantial work to secure the sides afterwards. I am not sure of the house prices in your area but around here a parking space would add 15k to the value of the house quite easily.


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That is a 'I don't want to do it but if you pay the £15k I will sub it out and take a cut from the price' quote. Look at ground work contractors, they have the resources and skill for that job. I would say £8k would be a ball park to aim for.

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Well I've just spoken to my father in law's friend who owns a farm and he will dig out the soil and throw it on his land. He will charge me £500 for fuel and time. My question is will the Highways or Council allow our family and friends to carry out the work or will they insist on us only using professional contractors? Thank you guys for your advice so far.

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The work is on private land you just need to know where your services are, and your not undermining the property, it may be an idea to get some liability/indemnity insurance so your covered


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That sounds good. You need to look closely at building a retaining wall to ensure that there is no land slip that might destabilise the house foundations. You might need to notify the Council Highways if there is any likelihood of blocking the road during works.

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Is a waste licence required for removing the spoil?

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ayjay wrote:
Is a waste licence required for removing the spoil?
Yeah I don't know, as it's being taken by him to his land.

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Actually, looking at your pictures again, you could minimise the dig by having a side on parking place. You would only have to go back about 8 foot and this would reduce spoil removal and create less risk with the potential stabilisation issues. You may of already thought of this or you might want two car spaces?

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ayjay wrote:
Is a waste licence required for removing the spoil?


Can't imagine such, being that the spoil is being removed and spread for Agricultural purposes.


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