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Do you need a Dropped Kerb in Dalestorth? For lots of people, parking outside their own home can be both a cause of stress and come at a financial cost if you need to buy a resident’s permit.

In certain urban regions, it can still be tricky to find a place to leave your car near to home.

A kerb drop is a legal necessity if you want to drive over the pavement onto your residential or commercial property.

Any entry onto a public highway from a residential or commercial driveway area should have a vehicle crossover.

Kerb dropping allows vehicles to cross the pavement from the road to a driveway and it is a legal necessity if you want to drive across the pavement onto your property.

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Putting in a vehicle access crossover can make a huge improvement to accessing your property along with helping to make sure people do not park in front of your driveway.

The law pertaining to the access states: If you intend to drive a vehicle over the footway in to your driveway off a highway, then you will need make these changes to your access.

If you do not, you must not drive over the footway. If you do this, you are breaking the law and enforcement action might be taken to prevent such practice.

The pavement may require to be reinforced in front of the property, and sometimes, it may be essential for lampposts, manhole covers and other street furniture to be relocated.

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Drop Kerb Specialists in Dalestorth

Kerb drops, also known as vehicle access crossovers, are an adaptation to the footpath. It involves lowering the kerb and preparing new foundations to the paving to make it possible for a car to be driven onto the front area of a property.

The work includes lowering the kerbstones and bolstering the pavement to create a ramp, and must solely be performed by an authorised company with Street Works Accreditation, and who have the necessary Public Liability insurance to fulfill the local authorities requirements.

Vehicle access cross overs consist normally of 3 or 4 dropped kerbs with a tapered or transition kerb on either side. The conventional maximum total width at road level for a VAC is 3.6 metres (i.e. normally 4 kerbs).

We have several years experience in installing drop kerbs and applying for the relevant planning permission. We are able to work in conjunction with your local county council  whilst complying with all essential regulations.

You can either apply to your local council for approval for kerb dropping outside your property or we are able to apply to your local authority in your place.

We are members of the Streetworks Qualifications Register (SWQR). The SWQR holds information of qualified operators who have gained the appropriate qualifications in regard to the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991, which is essential for any provider excavating a highway.

We concentrate on delivering a product that gets it correct the first time. By buying high quality materials, equipment and processes, we make sure that we deliver sustainable and cost effective solutions that will last.

We pride ourselves on our outstanding workmanship and client care and we make sure that every job is performed to the finest quality standards.

Our team can check out your site to carry out a free no-obligation survey. This enables our surfacing contractors to completely understand your needs and offer an accurate and affordable quote.

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Dalestorth Kerb Dropping Contractors

The huge growth in interest for off-street parking has seen more and more people drop kerbs to create car standing at the front of their properties.

Study by home insurer Direct Line shows that off-street parking is regarded by estate agents as a desirable feature which adds value to a residential or commercial property. This, coupled with increasing parking limitations in many residential areas, has brought about planning applications  increase greatly over recent years.

But while adding car standing space to the front of your home might add value to your property, there are numerous things to take into consideration, not least environmental consequences, and flooding is a big issue.

When you switch out a front lawn with hard standing, rain can no longer absorb into the ground. As increasingly more households take this action, the collective effect severely increases the threat of flooding, so it’s important to incorporate drainage in your plans.

Planning permission is generally required if you wish to drop the kerb outside your property to permit a car to cross the pavement. This is because the pavement might need to be reinforced to take the weight of vehicles and prevent them from damaging the surface or any pipes or cables underneath. It is also to ensure the new access will not be a safety hazard to other highway users.

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You can find out if you need planning permission by contacting your local council (you can identify the relevant council at the government website). How much it costs to apply will depend upon your location.

If permission is granted, you then you need to locate a local contractor to do the work for you.

It’s certainly not a DIY job as the council will have requirements that service providers must meet. Some will only permit you to use their endorsed contractors, while others make it possible for you to use your own, provided that they are certified to the requirements of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991, and hold public liability insurance. For this case, there might be an added fee for highway assessments by the council.

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But first it’s worth verifying if consent is likely to be given. Below is a list of points to consider. If any one of these criteria is not met, planning permission is most likely to be declined:

  • Your front garden must be large enough for you to park your vehicle fully on your property.
  • The kerb must be at least 4.8 m from the front of your house; or 6m if the parking area is in front of an entrance or garage.
  • The parking area must be at least 2.4 m wide.
  • The suggested access to your property must be more than 10m away from a road junction; 15m away from busy junctions or on primary roads.
  • It has to be at least 1.5 m away from street lights and other street furniture.
  • It must meet visibility standards; this depends on the type of road.
  • Suitable drainage must be provided to take the surplus surface water.
    The removal of tree roots must be avoided.
  • The slope from your property to the road must not be too steep.
  • Lastly, you as the property owner must agree to the kerb being dropped; for example, a tenant can not apply on their landlord’s behalf.

Q and A’s

Prices will vary depending on your location, width of pavement, the number of kerbs to drop and if you want to extend an existing dropped kerb. While some councils and contractors offer extended dropped kerbs for free, others charge as much as £1800. The actual job usually takes between 1 and 2 days.

Highways Act 1980 Section 184, makes it an offense for a vehicle to be driven across a footway. They include both the physical lowering of the kerb (the dropped kerb) and a permission to allow a vehicle to cross the public footway.

An average driveway will have five kerb sections. Assuming that your road and footpath are owned by the Council, you will need to apply for permission from them. The Council may refuse to grant permission as either a roads authority or a planning authority, or both.

Dropped kerbs are the areas where vehicles cross the road to reach the property’s front. It’s often a driveway that has a droppedkerb.

A vehicle parked partially or fully across a dropped curb is considered obstruction. The police or the local council can enforce this violation. It doesn’t matter how absurd, you can be issued an NPCN for parking your vehicle across your dropped kerb.

Parking on a drop kerb is considered a parking violation and can result in a Penalty Notice. This means that if you park on top of a dropped brick, you are guilty of an offence.

A spot for a vehicle will bring additional value to your property. The amount you pay will depend on whereabouts. Keep in mind, however, that dropping a kerb on your property outside will require you to submit an application.

The distance between the entrance of a junction or sharp corner, and the proposed vehicular entry must not exceed 10 meters. The pavement or road must not be overhang by any vehicle that is parked within your property.

Planning permission is usually required if you wish to drop the kerb outside your property to allow a car to cross the pavement. The pavement might need to be reinforced to withstand the vehicles’ weight and to prevent damage to the pipes or cables beneath.

A dropped kerb will be required if your plan is to drive your vehicle over the footway in your driveway, off a highway. You cannot drive on the footway if you don’t have a dropped curb. If you do so, you are breaking the law and enforcement action could be taken to prevent such practice.

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