Are there any drawbacks to having a resin bound driveway?

Resin drives are attractive, easy to keep, and affordable. Their obvious advantages mean they’ve surged in popularity across the UK. Residential areas in particular benefit from quick install times and an array of bespoke designs. All the positives make a resin driveway feel like a no-brainer. However, there are some downsides to consider before deciding whether a resin drive is right for your home.

  • Cost. While resin drives are cheaper than concrete they are costly compared to gravel or asphalt. If you have a large area to cover then a resin driveway can get expensive fast.
  • Cracking. Resin bound paving and drives are durable surfaces that usually last for 15 to 20 years or more. However, as with all other materials, without routine maintenance or if laid incorrectly, the surface can crack in the winter
  • Fading. It’s important to use UV stable resin otherwise your beautifully designed driveway will fade in the sunlight. If you live in a sunny climate this could cause issues but this is one occasion where the UK’s gloomy weather is a bonus!

Whether you choose a resin driveway is largely dependent on your budget. For the cost-conscious gravel is the cheapest option. They are inexpensive to install (you could do it yourself) but become messy in wet weather and need constant raking.

A resin bound driveway costs more than gravel but looks more attractive and requires less maintenance overall.

a picture of a neutral resin bound driveway in front of a customers house that features a black and white geometric star pattern

Do I need permits or planning permission for my resin bound driveway?

You don’t need a permit or planning permission for a resin-bound driveway. Gravel, permeable concrete, and porous asphalt are other types of permeable surfaces that can be built without planning permission. Regardless of size, if your driveway is SUDs compliant and permeable, you won’t need planning permission. Good news if you’re planning to build a large-scale project that includes driveways, paths, and perhaps a play area for children.

SUDs is a system that ensures surface water can drain naturally into a lawn, border, or soakaway. Its stands for Sustainable Urban Drainage System and is an important part of maintaining a healthy ecosystem in urban areas.

If you work with professional installers like PAVE you can be confident that your new driveway is legal and compliant. However, there are some rules and regulations that can complicate a new driveway which it helps to be aware of in order to manage your expectations.

Resin bound versus resin bonded

Resin bound and resin bonded are two different types of surfaces and different rules appeal.

As mentioned already, resin bound surfaces are permeable therefore no planning permission is required. Resin-bonded surfaces are impermeable. Like concrete, a resin-bonded surface is limited to a size of 5m2. Any bigger and you’ll need planning permission.

resin bound driveway in a simple plain grey colour in front of a customers house

Flats and maisonettes

Our installers most commonly lay driveways for detached or semi-detached houses with a front garden. If you live in a flat, maisonette, or other converted property you might be subject to planning authority regulations. We recommend that you get in touch with your local council to double the check the rules before hiring a contractor.

Resin driveways at the rear or side of a home

Provided your new driveway is SUDs compliant and adheres to any relevant planning guidelines you can build a drive at the rear or side of your home. You can resurface the land that comes with your home at ground level without restrictions — good news if you prefer to keep your front lawn or find access from the side or rear of the house easier.

a minimal resin bound pathway leading up to a clients house in a simple grey tone

Article 4 restrictions

Parts of the UK are classed as ‘designated land’, such as areas of countryside and natural conservation. These sites are protected due to natural or cultural importance and are therefore subject to Article 4 regulations. These regulations restrict urban overdevelopment to ensure nature and wildlife aren’t disturbed and that green spaces are left for recreational enjoyment. Sometimes driveways built in these areas will be affected by Article 4 but this is rare.

Examples of designated land in the UK include:

  • National parks
  • Wetland sites and conservation areas
  • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs)
  • World Heritage sites
  • Sites of scientific interest

You can check designated areas and whether they affect you on the government website. It’s always best to ensure you’re not in a designated area before professional installers get in touch to avoid project delays.

Listed building

Any listed building requires planning consent from the local authority before changes are made. This includes driveways, so it’s best to seek permission before installing a driveway in front of your listed home.

a picture of a resin bound driveway outside of a church in a neutral brown tone

Dropping the kerb

If you think the kerb in front of your house needs to be dropped to install your resin drive then you’ll need permission from your local council. You need to pay for both the kerb drop and any extra council charges. We always recommend that customers obtain the necessary permissions before contacting us but we’re happy to deal with the applications ourselves if you prefer.

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