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

In certain urban areas, it can still be difficult to find a spot to leave your car close to home.

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

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

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

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Putting in a vehicle access crossover can make a huge improvement to easy access your property as well as helping to make sure people do not park across your driveway.

The law regarding the access states: If you intend to drive a vehicle over the footway in to your driveway off a highway, then you will need to 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 could be taken to stop such practice.

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

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Drop Kerb Specialists in Mansfield

Kerb drops, also called vehicle access crossovers, are an alteration to the footpath. It entails lowering the kerb and laying new foundations to the paving to enable 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 only be performed by an authorised provider with Street Works Accreditation, and who have the required Public Liability insurance to comply with the local authorities regulations.

Vehicle access cross overs comprise 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 putting in drop kerbs and making an application for the relevant planning permission. We can work in partnership with your local county council  whilst abiding by all necessary regulations.

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

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

We focus on delivering a service that gets it correct the first time. By investing in high quality components, equipment and processes, we make sure that we deliver lasting and affordable solutions that will last.

We pride ourselves on our exceptional workmanship and customer care and we make sure that every job is carried out to the highest quality standards.

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

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Mansfield Kerb Dropping Contractors

The huge growth in demand for off-street parking has seen a growing number of people drop kerbs to establish car standing at the front of their homes.

Research by home insurer Direct Line shows that off-street parking is regarded by estate agents as a beneficial feature which adds market value to a property. This, coupled with increasing parking limitations in many residential areas, has resulted in planning applications  increase massively over recent years.

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

When you replace a front lawn with hard standing, rain can no longer absorb into the ground. As increasingly more households take this action, the cumulative effect severely increases the danger of flooding, so it’s essential to include drainage in your plans.

Planning permission is generally needed if you wish to drop the kerb outside your property to allow 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 below. It is also to ensure the new access will not be a safety hazard to other highway users.

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You can learn 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 on your location.

If permission is granted, you then you need to locate a local professional to perform 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 approved contractors, while others allow you to use your own, provided that they are certified to the requirements of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991, and carry public liability insurance. For this case, there might be an additional charge for highway inspections by the council.

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But first it’s worth verifying if permission is likely to be granted. Below is a list of considerations. If any one of these criteria is not met, planning permission is likely to be turned down:

  • Your front garden needs to be large enough for you to park your vehicle completely on your property.
  • The kerb needs to 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 proposed 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.
  • Appropriate drainage needs to be provided to remove the surplus surface water.
    The extraction of tree roots must be avoided.
  • The slope from your property to the road must not be too steep.
  • Finally, you as the home 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 upon your location, pavement width, number of kerbs to drop, and whether you want to extend an old dropped kerb. Some contractors and councils offer an extended dropped kerb for free, while some charge up to $1800 or more. The entire job takes about 1 to 2 hours.

The Highways Act 1980 – Section 184, makes it an offence to drive a vehicle across a footway, or verge, where there is no proper vehicle crossover. They can be used to permit vehicles to cross the public footway.

A driveway with an average length will require you to lower five of the kerb sections. If the Council is the owner of the road or footpath, you will need permission from the Council. The Council may deny permission for any reason, be it as a roads or planning authority, but also both.

Dropped kerbs are the areas where vehicles cross the road to reach the property’s front. A driveway often has a dropped curb.

If you park your vehicle partially or completely across a dropped kerb, it is considered obstruction. This can be enforced either by the police and the council. You can get a PCN for parking on your own dropped kerb, however absurd it may sound

Parking across a dropped kerb is a parking contravention for which a Penalty Charge Notice can be issued. If you park across a dropped curb, you will be charged with an offense unless you have permission.

Although adding a spot for your car will increase the property’s value, it will depend on where you live. Keep in mind, however, that dropping a kerb on your property outside will require you to submit an application.

Between the junction’s entrance and the proposed location for vehicular access, there must be at most 10m. No part of a vehicle parked within your property may overhang the pavement or road.

To allow a car on the pavement to cross it, you will need permission. The pavement might need to be reinforced to withstand the vehicles’ weight and to prevent damage to the pipes or cables beneath.

Dropped kerbs are required for vehicles that will be driven over the footway to your driveway from a highway. If you do not have dropped kerb, you must not drive over the footway. If you do, you will be in violation of the law. Enforcement action may be taken to stop you from doing so.

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If you need a dropped kerb you probably need a driveway too.
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