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Do you need a Dropped Kerb in Ravenshead? 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 buy a resident’s permit.

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

A kerb drop is a legal necessity if you want to drive across the pavement onto your 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 accessing your property as well as helping to ensure people do not park in front of 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 make these changes to your access.

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

The pavement may require to be reinforced in front of the building, and in some cases, it may be essential for lampposts, manhole covers and various other street furniture to be moved.

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Drop Kerb Specialists in Ravenshead

Kerb drops, also referred to as vehicle access crossovers, are an adaptation to the footpath. It entails lowering the kerb and preparing 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 company with Street Works Accreditation, and who have the required Public Liability insurance to fulfill 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 many years experience in installing drop kerbs and making an application for the relevant planning permission. We can work in conjunction with your local county council  while abiding by all essential regulations.

You can either apply to your local council for approval for kerb dropping outside your building 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 providers who have gained the appropriate qualifications in regard to the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991, which is necessary for any provider excavating a highway.

We focus on delivering a product that gets it right the first time. By investing in high quality components, equipment and processes, we ensure that we deliver sustainable and affordable solutions that will last.

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

Our staff can visit your site to carry out a free no-obligation survey. This allows our surfacing contractors to completely understand your needs and offer an accurate and competitive quote.

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Ravenshead Kerb Dropping Contractors

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

Study by home insurer Direct Line shows that off-street parking is seen by estate agents as a desirable feature which adds value to a residential or commercial property. This, coupled with escalating parking restrictions 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 may add value to your property, there are many things to take into consideration, not least environmental issues, and flooding is a big issue.

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

Planning permission is generally called for if you wish to drop the kerb outside your building to permit a car to cross the pavement. This is because the pavement might need to be reinforced to take the weight of motor vehicles and help prevent them from damaging the surface or any water pipes or cables below. It is in addition to ensure the new access will not be a safety hazard 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 identify the relevant council at the government website). How much it costs to apply will depend on your location.

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

It’s certainly not a DIY job as the council will have criteria that contractors must meet. Some will only allow you to use their endorsed contractors, while others make it possible for you to use your own, as long as 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 assessments by the council.

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

  • Your front garden needs to be large enough for you to park your vehicle entirely 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 should be at least 2.4 m wide.
  • The proposed access to your property should 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 various other street furniture.
  • It must meet visibility standards; this depends upon the type of road.
  • Appropriate drainage needs to be provided to take the excess surface water.
    The removal of tree roots should be avoided.
  • The slope from your property to the road must not be too steep.
  • Finally, you as the home owner must consent to the kerb being dropped; for instance, a renter 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. Some contractors and councils offer an extended dropped kerb for free, while some charge up to $1800 or more. The job typically takes about one to two days.

Highways Act 1980 Section 184, makes it an offense for a vehicle to be driven across a footway. They allow for the vehicle to cross the public pedestrian 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 might decide not to grant permission, either as a roads authority or planning authority, or both.

A dropped curb is the area where the vehicle crosses over from the road to the property’s rear. 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. Even though it sounds absurd, you may be issued a PCN to park on top of your own dropped curb.

Parking across a dropped street is a parking violation that can result in a Penalty Cost Notice. If you park across a dropped curb, you will be charged with an offense 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. Also, you must apply for a drop kerb to your property.

The distance between the entrance of a junction or sharp corner, and the proposed vehicular entry must not exceed 10 meters. No part of a vehicle parked within your property may overhang the pavement or road.

If you want to remove the curb from your property in order to permit a vehicle to cross the pavement, planning permission will usually be required. This is because the pavement may need to be strengthened to take the weight of vehicles and prevent them from damaging the surface or any pipes or cables underneath

Dropped kerb is required if you plan to drive your vehicle across the footway from your driveway onto a highway. A dropped kerb is required for any vehicle that crosses the footway. If you do this, you may be charged with breaking the law.

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