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Do you need a Dropped Kerb in Sookholme? For lots of 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 certain urban areas, it can continue to 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 must 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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Installing a vehicle access crossover can make a huge improvement to easy access your property as well as 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 might be taken to stop such practice.

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

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Drop Kerb Specialists in Sookholme

Kerb drops, also known as vehicle access crossovers, are an alteration 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 involves 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 requirements.

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

Our team have several years experience in putting in drop kerbs and making an application for the relevant planning permission. We are able to work in partnership with your local county council  while 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 details of qualified operators who have gained the appropriate 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 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 outstanding workmanship and client care and we ensure that each and every job is performed to the finest quality standards.

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

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Sookholme Kerb Dropping Contractors

The massive 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.

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 escalating parking restrictions in many residential locations, has resulted in planning applications  increase massively 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 consider, not least environmental consequences, and flooding is a major issue.

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

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

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You can find out 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 location.

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

It’s certainly not a DIY job as the council will have requirements that contractors must meet. Some will only permit you to use their approved contractors, while others allow 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. For this case, there may be an added fee for highway inspections by the council.

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

  • Your front garden needs to be big enough for you to park your vehicle fully on your property.
  • The kerb needs to be at least 4.8 m from the front of your house; or 6m if the parking spot 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 major roads.
  • It must be at least 1.5 m away from street lights and other street furniture.
  • It must meet visibility guidelines; this depends on the type of road.
  • Suitable drainage needs to 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.
  • Finally, 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 can vary depending upon where you are located, what width you have, how many kerbs need to be dropped, and whether you need to extend an existing drop kerb. Some councils and contractors provide an extended dropped curb for no cost, while others charge up to £1800. The job typically takes about one to two days.

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 allow for the vehicle to cross the public pedestrian footway.

Five kerb sections will be required to make a driveway average. You will need to obtain permission from your local Council as highway authority, assuming that the Council owns the road and footpath. 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. Often it is a driveway with a dropped kerb.

Obstructing a drop kerb with a vehicle is an offense. It can be enforced by the police or local council. It doesn’t matter how absurd, you can be issued an NPCN for parking your vehicle across your dropped kerb.

Parking across a dropped kerb is a parking contravention for which a Penalty Charge Notice can be issued. This means that you can’t park in front of a dropped-kerb without permission.

A spot for a car can add value to your property. However, the exact amount depends on where you live. It iss also worth bearing in mind that you will have to go through an application process to a get a dropped kerb outside your property, too.

Between the junction’s entrance and the proposed location for vehicular access, there must be at most 10m. The pavement or road must not be overhang by any vehicle that is parked within your property.

If you plan to remove the kerb on your property and allow cars to cross the pavement, permission is required. This is because pavement may need to have additional strength to handle the vehicle’s weight, as well as protect any pipes or cables underneath.

A dropped kerb is necessary if you want to drive a vehicle from your driveway onto the footway. If you do not have dropped kerb, you must not drive over the footway. You are violating the law and could face enforcement action.

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