Are concrete drives banned now?

John Conlin / 27 June 2017

Can you still have a concrete drive laid? Chartered surveyor John Conlin responds.


I want to widen our concrete drive to provide parking for a second car. 

Two firms have said that they can do it in blockwork, paving slabs or tarmac but regulations prohibit concrete. 

Is this true or are they trying to sell me something expensive?

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The contractors are at least half right. As part of the general anti-flooding provisions Building Regulations now require all new external surfacing to be porous to reduce the amount of surface water that runs off into drains.

However, in your case, it is an extension and there is a good argument for using the same material. Your local Council Building Control officer may waive the requirement in the circumstances.

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