In most circumstances planning permission will not be required as long as you can meet the requirements set out below

Being responsible with water

Following the introduction of new legislation you can no longer pave over your front garden without considering where surface water may drain to.
Everyone is asked to act responsibly when considering a new driveway to ensure that water is handled within the confines of their property.letting it soak into the ground or re-using it in the home, rather than flooding public roads and drains

What are your options ?

Option 1

permeable paving and gravel
These products allow the water to permeate throughto and into the ground naturally
Permeable block paving requires a different sub-base structure and materials to make sure it works efficiently
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Option 2

non-permeable solutions with soak aways
It is still possible to install a driveway using any standard paving products and meet the new legislation
If the ground is suitable, all you need to do is ensure that the design includes suitable drainage slopes and channels to make sure water ges directed to a effective soakaway or soft landscaped area (flower bed,grassed area or planter) In most cases this is the best option

Option 3

non-permeable solutions without soakaways
This is only acceptable if the paved area is less than 5m2, for example on a short set of paved wheel tracks, for anything larger planning permission will be required