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Permeable Surfacing

Does your driveway or patio retain too much water? Are you tired of constantly having to step over large puddles and getting muddy rainwater all over your shoes and clothes? Then the solution is to add permeable paving to your property. Here at C.W. Stanley we supply and install a wide range of permeable surfacing options.

When it rains, these surfaces will allow for water to drain through and be absorbed back into the ground below. This has the benefit of keeping the surface free of puddles while allowing for the replenishment of groundwater. So, not only is permeable paving a practical solution, but it’s also an eco-friendly one.

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You might be wondering what the difference is between permeable and standard surfacing. Both are more or less the same with the permeability factor being the only major difference. Also, a slightly larger space is generally required to allow for greater water penetration. Beyond this, customers can still choose from a great many patterns, colours, and styles to customise their new paved surface.

Below the surface, however, there are one or two differences. For the base, we use a Type 4 Hardcore MOT base which is deeper than standard bases. This lets water drain through quicker where it is carried away safely within the soil below. The material used for the sub-base also differs, ensuring that it won’t move when flooded with water.

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As with standard paving, customers can choose any edging they desire as this is 100% compliant with Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS). And the good news is that no planning permission is required (more information on this can be found below). As for the surface, you have installed, you’ll be delighted to hear that permeable paving can be used to create:

And as mentioned above, the permeable surfacing options provided by C.W. Stanley Surfacing & Landscape Co come in a variety of patterns, colours, and border options.

Consultation and Installation

The first step is to give our team a call to arrange a time and date for one of our specialists to pay you a visit. You’ll have a friendly, face-to-face chat about your requirements and we’ll also use this time to take measurements. We’ll provide you with friendly and impartial advice, and once we have everything we need, we’ll supply you with a FREE, no-obligation quotation.

There’s no pressure on your part to commit, but if you choose to proceed, we’ll schedule the installation at a time and date that’s convenient for you. Our professionals carry out all the installation work, and while some disruption is to be expected, we work in a way that keeps disruption to a minimum. While carrying out the work, our experts will pay you and your property the utmost respect.

No additional work will ever be carried out without first consulting with you. And once we’re done, we’ll ensure that any building-related mess is tidied away. We’ll finish by hosing down the surface, leaving it ready to use. Your new surface will be installed to exact specifications, ensuring that it is fully functional.

Because we only use reputable manufacturers, such as Marshalls, you can be assured that your new permeable paving will be of the highest quality. Not only that, but it will also be backed by a manufacturer’s warranty, for your peace of mind.

Guidance on The Permeable Surfacing of Front Gardens

On 1st October 2008, the permitted development rights that allow householders to pave their front garden for hard standing without planning permission changed.

Planning permission is now required to lay traditional impermeable driveways that allow uncontrolled runoff of rainwater from front gardens onto roads because this can contribute to flooding and polluting of watercourses.

If a new driveway or parking area is constructed using permeable surfaces such as permeable concrete block paving, porous asphalt or gravel, or permeable resin bound stone, planning permission is not required. The same is true if the water is otherwise able to soak into the ground or runoff into installed drainage.

The new rules will also apply where existing hard standings are being replaced. The new rules also apply to hard surfaces exceeding 5 square metres in area.

We are pleased to inform you that we are fully trained by Marshalls in the installation of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS). Where asphalt and macadam surfaces are required, these can also be successfully laid without the need for planning permission.

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If you require further clarification, please contact Colin for advice. You can get in touch with C.W. Stanley by calling us on 01202 602 116, dropping us an email at, or filling out our online contact form.