When it comes to answering the question of whether you need planning permission for a resin driveway, it is first necessary to clarify which type of resin driveway you are considering.

There are two types of resin surfacing available that can be used for driveways. These are resin bound surfaces and resin bonded surfaces. Resin bound driveways are created when aggregates are fully mixed with a clear resin and applied to a prepared surface. Resin bonded driveways are made by applying clear resin to a surface then sprinkling it with the chosen aggregate.

The reason why this distinction between the two types of resin driveway is important largely comes down to what is known as SUDS compliance and how permeable each surface is.

Planning Permission and Front Garden Surfacing

In October 2008, the Government introduced changes to the General Permitted Development Order. These changes indicate that households with the intention to hard surface more than five square metres of their front garden could do so without planning permission if the surface in question is rendered permeable. Only when there is no facility in place to ensure permeability does an application for planning permission need to be made.

Planning Permission for Resin Bound Driveways

As resin bound driveways are permeable and SUDS compliant, they generally do not require planning permission. If rainwater can permeate the resin bound surface, rather than running off it onto the road, there should be no reason why a person may need to seek planning permission for a resin bound driveway.

Planning Permission for Resin Bonded Driveways

As resin bonded driveways are not permeable, they do require planning permission. Because of this, heavy rains can leave to run off which can overwhelm the drains and lead to flooding. Therefore, if you are planning to install a resin bonded driveway, planning permission must be sought.

NatraTex As A Surfacing Alternative

NatraTex surfacing is a durable and low maintenance alternative to both resin bound and resin bonded driveways. It is extensively used in the creation of driveways, footpaths and roads for new housing estates, retail parks and during regeneration projects.

As well as this, our team of experts can advise on the best surfacing solution for your project, be that NatraTex Cotswold or NatraTex Colour. Both products can be made to be porous and bring with them a whole host of benefits over resin bound and resin bonded systems.

To find out more, please contact us today or click through to our Portfolio page to see how NatraTex products have been used to great effect for a variety of projects.