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Do you need a Dropped Kerb in Spion Kop? 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 particular urban regions, it can still be difficult to find a place to leave your car near to home.

A kerb drop is a legal requirement 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 should have a vehicle crossover.

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

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Installing a vehicle access crossover can make a significant improvement to easy access your property as well as helping to make sure 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 never 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 strengthened in front of the building, 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 alteration to the footpath. It involves lowering the kerb and laying 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 company 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 putting in drop kerbs and making an application for the relevant planning permission. We can work in conjunction with your local county council  whilst complying with all necessary regulations.

You can either apply to your local council for permission 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 information of qualified operators who have gained the proper qualifications in regard to the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991, which is essential for any contractor excavating a highway.

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

We pride ourselves on our outstanding workmanship and client care and we make sure that 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 enables our surfacing contractors to completely understand your requirements and provide an accurate and affordable quote.

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Spion Kop Kerb Dropping Contractors

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

Research by home insurer Direct Line shows that off-street parking is seen by estate agents as a beneficial feature which adds value to a residential or commercial property. This, coupled with escalating parking limitations in lots of residential areas, has brought about planning applications  increase massively over recent years.

However while putting in car standing space to the front of your home might add value to your property, there are numerous things to consider, not least environmental issues, and flooding is a big concern.

When you replace a front lawn with hard standing, rainwater can no longer soak into the ground. As increasingly more households take this step, the cumulative effect severely increases the risk of flooding, so it’s essential to incorporate drainage in your plans.

Planning permission is generally needed if you wish to drop the kerb outside your building to enable 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 motor vehicles and prevent them from damaging the surface or any pipes or cables below. 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 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 given, 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 criteria that contractors must meet. Several 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 carry public liability insurance. In this case, there may be an added fee for highway inspections by the council.

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However first it’s worth establishing if consent is likely to be given. Below is a list of considerations. If any among these criteria is not met, planning permission is very likely to be turned down:

  • 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 spot is in front of a door 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 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 must be provided to take the excess surface water.
    The extraction of tree roots should be avoided.
  • The slope from your home to the road must not be too steep.
  • Lastly, you as the homeowner 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. 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.

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.

For an average driveway, you will probably want to lower five kerb sections. Assuming the Council owns the footpath and road, you will need to get permission from your local Council. 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.

Obstructing a drop kerb with a vehicle is an offense. It can be enforced by the police or local council. As absurd as it might sound, you can receive a PCN to park across your own dropped-kerb.

Parking across a dropped kerb is a parking contravention for which a Penalty Charge Notice can be issued. This means that if you park on top of a dropped brick, you are guilty of an offence.

Adding a spot for a car will undoubtedly bring extra value to your property, but the amount will naturally depend on whereabouts you live. Keep in mind, however, that dropping a kerb on your property outside will require you to submit an application.

There must be at least 10 metres between the entrance to a junction or sharp corner and the location of the proposed vehicular access. The vehicle must not be parked within 10 metres of any road or pavement.

You will need to obtain permission to drop the kerb from your property so that a car can 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 is necessary if you want to drive a vehicle from your driveway onto the footway. You cannot drive on the footway if you don’t have a dropped curb. 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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