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Do Driveways Have To Be Permeable?

Having a driveway installed at home or at your place of business will always be a practical choice. After all, you need to have somewhere to park your cars and having an off-road parking option like a driveway or garage can help keep your vehicles safe, as well as potentially reducing your insurance premiums… so it certainly makes sense.

However, it also makes sense to research your choice of driveway materials carefully, especially if you’re keen to be more eco-friendly in your approach to life, as by increasing the amount of hard surfaces at home and elsewhere, you could increase the flood risk of your property, as well as increasing pollution in local waterways through surface water runoff.

Permeable driveway materials can help you get around this issue very successfully, although note that it isn’t a legal requirement for you to go down this route… yet. It may well be the case in the future that driveways do need to be permeable, as the realities of climate change start to make themselves felt increasingly – but we’re not there just yet.

Permeable driveways help to reduce flood risks by allowing water to pass through the paving surface, helping it to drain slowly and safely away through the sub-base.

Another added benefit for home and business owners alike is that you also don’t need to have planning permission in place for porous/permeable driveways, no matter how big they are… which instantly makes them more appealing.

In terms of materials, you’ll find you have a lot of choice if you do want to consider this kind of drainage system for your own driveway at home or work. Investigate the various benefits associated with the likes of gravel driveways, resin-bound driveways and permeable block paving to see which suits your needs most effectively.


If you need any further help or advice, get in touch with us today to discuss driveway installation in Wirral and the surrounding areas.