A stylish and practical driveway will make life easier, enhance the curb appeal of your property and possibly improve the value of your home.

Whether you are planning to replace an existing driveway or to create something new, we can deliver the ideal driveway installation. We will design, prepare and install a driveway that complements your property, works well for you and features the required drainage.

What should you consider when planning your driveway installation and how can we help? We are a leading Sussex Landscaping company.

Do you need planning permission for your driveway?

There are specific rules regarding the paving of front gardens. Planning permission will not be required if a new or replacement driveway is permeable or if rainwater is directed to a lawn or border to drain naturally. However, if a surface of more than five square metres is to be covered with non-permeable material, planning permission will be needed unless provision is made for water to run to a permeable area.

In other words, it is your responsibility to ensure that rainwater doesn’t run off your driveway into the road and its drainage system. For this reason, it is important to engage the services of a professional installer such as Kennedy Landscapes. The regulations were introduced to prevent drains from being overwhelmed during extreme weather events.

Driveways, parking and paved front gardens

There are a variety of reasons why you could consider paving part or all of your front garden design. It might be the right time to replace a worn or unattractive driveway. You may benefit from creating a driveway or additional space for parking. Alternatively, you could be attracted to the idea of a low-maintenance garden.

A well-presented garden will enhance the curb appeal of your property and could impact its value. Off-street parking is always great to have and will almost certainly improve the value of your home if you live in an area where parking spaces are hard to find. Creating a paved garden could make life easier if time is at a premium.

Driveway choices

Your driveway and hard standing can be constructed from a variety of materials to suit your budget and drainage requirements. Of course, the look of your driveway will also be an important consideration. There’s a lot to think about but we can help you every step of the way. Here are the materials and features that could be incorporated into your project and the design stage of your project by your local driveway Installers.

Tarmac driveway

Tarmac driveways are cost effective, low maintenance and quick to complete. They provide semi-permeable, weather resistant and non-slip surfaces that are durable. Tarmac is a reusable material that will not run off into water courses during construction. As such, it is an environmentally friendly choice and can be used to surface areas of any size and shape. However, it may not be the most aesthetically pleasing choice.

Block paving driveway

Visually appealing and durable, block paving can be a fabulous addition to your property but is more costly than tarmac. You can choose from diverse blocks to create a driveway that complements your home, and the blocks can be laid in many different patterns to lend a touch of individuality to the look.

Gravel driveways

Often the quickest and cheapest to install, a gravel driveway can give you an appealing look without breaking the bank but does like all driveways require extensive groundworks. However, gravel can be noisy, and the stones can migrate from the driveway to the road or to other areas of your garden. This will mean that the gravel will need to be supplemented from time to time. Gravel driveways are also prone to weed growth. Weeds can be inhibited by laying a suitable membrane or spreading rock salt.

Resin bound driveways

Aesthetically pleasing, durable and slip-resistant, resin-bound driveways work well in a variety of settings. Resin-bound driveway materials are resistant to cracking and feature a mixture of aggregate stones and resin. They are permeable, low maintenance and can be utilised to surface other areas of your garden including patios, pathways and parking spaces.

Driveway borders

Contrasting borders are visually appealing additions that will bring texture and definition to your driveway. They provide neat edges and can prevent gravel from being displaced. However, raised borders will increase the cost of a driveway and may impact drainage which is an important consideration.

Drainage channels

Depending on your choice of materials, it could be necessary to position drainage channels adjacent to your driveway. We will work with you to create a suitable driveway installation within your budget.

Trees and planting

The root systems of existing trees could be damaged by the necessary groundworks for your driveway installation. It could be that the presence of trees may impact your choice of materials as you might need to avoid any excavation.

If your garden lacks trees and greenery, you could feature planting in your driveway design. We will work with your ideas and aspirations to evolve a planting scheme that won’t result in tree roots undermining the sub-base of your drive. We can work with you to create a stunning garden that includes pleasant greenery and blooms to soften the edges of paved areas or to bring life and colour to your outside space.

Free driveway installation quote

As you can see, there is much think about and many issues to tackle when installing your driveway. You are far more likely to achieve the perfect driveway if you engage the services of professional installers to complete the project. We would be delighted to discuss your plans and to provide a free quotation. Look no further for your local driveway Installers.

Outstanding workmanship, Scott and his team have done an excellent job of the entire project and we look foward to enjoying the garden for years to come. Many Thanks....Paddy


Scott and his team were excellent. They came up with a solution to stop our garden eroding. It was a big project that involved construction and landscaping.

Kirsty O’Donnell

Scott Kennedy and team have transformed our space into a garden that suits my needs and I am very pleased with my new easy-care garden, completed professionally and with excellent service.

Priscilla Backhouse

What can I say about Scott and his team we had artificial grass down on the back garden they work really hard and I must say it looks very good very pleased I would definitely use them again

Peter Williamson

Scott and his team completely transformed our garden from an unusable space to an oasis.

Helena Riste

Scott and his guys transformed the entrance to my house. Installed a bespoke pathway and were helpful and friendly all the time. I would highly recommend their services. Real quality

Dan Small

So pleased with my garden which was designed and landscaped by Kennedy Landscapes & Gardens. Scott and team worked through the worst of the weather, always professional and leaving everything tidy at the end of the day and at the end of the job.

Liz Ansloos

Scott and his team completely transformed my garden, they were very professional and arrived on time each day. They were always so polite and cheerful, I would absolutely recommend them, they did an excellent job.

Jackie Brooman

Where do you start?

Call Kennedy Landscapes today! We would be delighted to discuss your plans for your garden patio and to provide a free quotation.

0800 270 7077

Together, your vision and our design skills will deliver the perfect patio!