If you want to drive across the public footway in order to gain access to your drive, you will need to have a vehicle crossover constructed. We are responsible for carrying out the work but permission will only be granted if the application fully meets our criteria.
There must be:
- a minimum opening of 2.4 metres to the frontage of the drive
- a minimum depth of 4.8 metres within the drive
Are there any restrictions?
We will take into consideration the location of trees, lamp columns, speed tables/cushions and controlled parking zones. If the application for your property is within a conservation area or on a classified road, planning permission will be required and the final decision on whether you are permitted to go ahead with the proposed works will be made by the Council.
You can also phone us on 020 8356 2897.
If the initial application meets our requirements you will be sent a vehicle crossover application form which you will need to return fully completed, with a non refundable payment of £106 to cover administration costs (consultations with utilities companies and all other relevant departments etc).
A highways officer will then visit your property to take measurements and to estimate costs. You will receive a written quotation detailing the total cost and methods of payments within 10 days.
How much will it cost?
The estimated cost for works is between £1,400-£1,900, but this may vary depending on whatever material is currently used on the public footway. We work on a like-for-like basis and so will either replace or reconstruct the existing material. So for example tarmac would be the cheapest and York stone would be the most expensive. Yellow lines and white T-bars are not included in the estimated cost for works as they are not enforceable. We can install a white T-bar and a yellow line, but these are not necessary as the lines act only as a visual deterrent.
What can I do if permission is refused?
If your application is refused you will receive a letter stating the reason why it has been refused. You have the right to appeal to the Secretary of State, Planning Inspectorate, Tollgate House, Houlton Street, Bristol, BS2 9DR.