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Do you need a Dropped Kerb in Kirkby-in-Ashfield? For many people, parking outside their own house can be both a cause of 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 tricky to find a spot to leave your car close to home.

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

Any access onto a public highway from a domestic or commercial driveway area must 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 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 easy access your property along with helping to ensure people do not park across your driveway.

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

If you do not, you must never drive over the footway. If you do so, you are breaking the law and enforcement action may be taken to stop such practice.

The pavement may require to be strengthened 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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Kerb drops, also referred to as vehicle access crossovers, are an adaptation 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 solely be performed by an authorised provider with Street Works Accreditation, and who have the required 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).

Our team have many 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  while complying with all necessary regulations.

You can either apply to your local council for permission for kerb dropping outside your property or we are able to apply to your local authority on your behalf.

We are members of the Streetworks Qualifications Register (SWQR). The SWQR holds information of qualified providers who have gained the proper qualifications in relation to the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991, which is necessary for any contractor 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 ensure that we deliver lasting and cost effective solutions that will last.

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

Our team can check out your site to carry out a free no-obligation survey. This allows our surfacing contractors to fully understand your requirements and provide an accurate and competitive quote.

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Kirkby-in-Ashfield Kerb Dropping Contractors

The huge growth in demand for off-street parking has seen more and more people drop kerbs to establish 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 beneficial feature which adds value to a property. This, coupled with escalating parking limitations in many residential areas, has resulted in planning applications  increase massively over recent years.

However while putting in car standing space to the front of your home can add value to your property, there are numerous things to consider, not least environmental consequences, and flooding is a major worry.

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

Planning permission is normally required if you wish to drop the kerb outside your property to allow a car to cross the pavement. This is due to the fact that the pavement may need to be strengthened to take the weight of vehicles and prevent them from damaging the surface or any water pipes or cables beneath. It is also to ensure the new access will never be a safety risk to other highway users.

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You can learn if you require planning permission by getting in touch with your local council (you can find the relevant council at the government website). How much it costs to apply will be dependent on your specific location.

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

It’s definitely not a DIY job as the council will have criteria that contractors must meet. Several will only allow you to use their approved contractors, while others make it possible for you to use your own, as long as they are accredited to the requirements of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991, and hold public liability insurance. In this case, there may be an additional charge for highway inspections by the council.

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However first it’s worth verifying if consent is likely to be granted. Below is a checklist of points to consider. If any among these criteria is not met, planning permission is probably to be declined:

  • Your front garden must be big enough for you to park your vehicle completely on your property.
  • The kerb must be at least 4.8 m from the front of your house; or 6m if the parking spot is in front of a door 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 must be at least 1.5 m away from street lamps and other street furniture.
  • It must meet visibility guidelines; this is dependent on the type of road.
  • Appropriate drainage must be provided to take the surplus surface water.
    The extraction of tree roots must be avoided.
  • The incline from your home to the road must not be too steep.
  • Finally, you as the property owner must consent to the kerb being dropped; for example, a renter can not apply on their landlord’s behalf.

Q and A’s

Prices vary depending on where you live, how many kerbs are to be dropped and whether or not you wish to extend an already-dropped kerb. Some contractors and councils offer an extended dropped kerb for free, while some charge up to $1800 or more. The entire process usually takes 1 to 2 working days.

Highways Act 1980 Section 184 states that it is an offense to drive a vehicle on a footway or verge if there isn’t a proper vehicle crossing. These include the permission for a vehicle to cross the public footway and the physical lowering the kerb.

A driveway with an average length will require you to lower five of the kerb sections. You will need to obtain permission from your local Council as highway authority, assuming that the Council owns the road and footpath. You might not be granted permission by the Council, whether it is a roads authority, planning authority, or both.

A dropped kerb is the sloped area where the vehicle crosses from the road to the front of the property. Often it is a driveway with a dropped kerb.

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. As absurd as it might sound, you can receive a PCN to park across your own dropped-kerb.

Parking across a dropped curb is a parking offense that can lead to a Penalty Fee Notice. This means if you park in across a dropped kerb you are committing an offence unless you have permission.

Adding a spot for a car will undoubtedly bring extra value to your property, but the amount will naturally depend on whereabouts you live. A drop kerb outside of your property will require you to complete an application.

It must be at least 10 m between the entrance to the junction or sharp corner and where the proposed vehicular accessibility is located. The vehicle must not be parked within 10 metres of any road or pavement.

If you plan to remove the kerb on your property and allow cars to cross the pavement, permission is required. This is because vehicles may cause damage to the pavement or pipes or cables below, and the pavement may need strengthening to support the load.

Dropped kerb is required if you plan to drive your vehicle across the footway from your driveway onto a highway. You can’t drive across the footway if there is no dropped kerb. Doing so is a violation of the law, and enforcement actions could be taken against you.

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