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Drop Kerb Design, Planning Permission & Cost London 2023?

Updated: May 29, 2023

Drop Kerb Explained, Design, Planning Application & Cost 2023?

What is a Dropped Kerb and Why You Might Need One

If you live in a busy area with limited parking, you may have considered the benefits of having a dropped kerb. A dropped kerb can create a driveway that provides you with a dedicated parking space right outside your home. In this article, we will explain what a dropped kerb is and why you might need one.

What is a Dropped Kerb?

A dropped kerb is a sloping transition between a pavement and a driveway that allows vehicles to cross the pavement and park on private property. Dropped kerbs are typically installed by a professional contractor and require approval from your local council.

Why You Might Need a Dropped Kerb

There are several reasons why you might need a dropped kerb, including:

Limited Parking Availability

If you live in an area where parking is limited, a dropped kerb can be a convenient solution. With a dedicated parking space on your property, you won't need to worry about finding a parking spot on the street.

Increased Property Value

A dropped kerb can increase your property's value up to 10%, as it is one of the most sought-after amenities, although this will depend on your location.

Improved Accessibility

If you have mobility issues or require a wheelchair or walking aid, a dropped kerb can provide you with easier access to your property.

Enhanced Curb Appeal

A well-designed and properly installed dropped kerb can enhance the appearance of your property and make it more attractive to potential buyers.

Do I require planning permission for a dropped kerb?

You will need to apply for planning permission for a dropped kerb which leads onto a driveway and planning is also required if the surface of the driveway covers more than 5 square metres and does not use porous materials.

Drop Kerb Cost

The average cost to drop a kerb is usually around £850 - £1,300 to construct, Please contact your Local Council to get a quote as charges vary depending on your location and the council borough, width of pavement, the number of kerbs to drop or if you want to extend an existing dropped kerb.

How long is the construction of a dropped kerb?

The construction usually takes between 3 to 7 days.

How long does it take for the council to give permission for a dropped kerb?

Like all planning applications, the council take 8 weeks.

Do I really need a drop kerb?

Yes, without a dropped kerb you cannot park your car on your property. If you drive over a pavement without a dropped kerb you can be liable for any damage caused to not only the pathway but also any utility underneath. If you drive over the pavement without a dropped kerb you are breaking the law and are liable from any collision with a pedestrian or any damage to the path or utility under the pavement.

What If I Drop a Kerb Myself Without Planning Permission?

The council will immediately fix or remove any illegally dropped kerbs and reinstate your original pavement and charge all costs to the homeowner. This is effectively criminal damage to Local Authority property so should not be done without their consent.

What are the reasons why an Planning Application maybe rejected?

  • Your front garden is not large enough to fit at least one vehicle on your property.

  • The kerb is less than 4.8 metres from the front of your home or less than 6 metres if you have a parking space in the front.

  • The parking space is less than 2.4 metres in width.

  • The requested access is within 10 metres away from a road junction and or less than 15 metres from major roads and busy junctions.

  • Any street furnishings, including lamps, are within 1.5 metres away.

  • The dropped kerb would affect visibility guidelines according to the type of road.

  • Proper drainage must be provided to accommodate excess water.

  • A healthy tree is in proximity to the property.

  • Drop Kerb would need a tree root removal.

  • The slope leading to your driveway is too steep.

  • The construction material used is different to the surrounding areas.

  • The property tenant applies for permission rather than a owner.

Will a dropped kerb increase my property value?

Yes, Drop kerbs can increase your property’s value up to 10%, as it is one of the most sought-after amenities, although this will depend on your location.

Is It Possible to Reinstate a Kerb?

If you want to reinstate a dropped curb to your home, you can contact the council for assistance. There will be fees involved to reinstate any turf, plants, and the curb that were in the location before. The costs for reinstating a curb are likely to be around £350 for materials and labor, but this can vary depending on your location.

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