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Installing Railings to driveway boundary - Need Planning??

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newbie99 | 12:12 Sun 22nd Apr 2007 | Law
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Hi Posters;

I wanted to get someone to install some metal railings at the boundary line of the driveway between my drive and the car trader's drive (neighbour). We share a semi-detached house with the drives adjoining each other and separated by a boundary line (about 1 inch height block pave brick - not sure the official name to described this)

My driveway had been constantly being used (trespassed) by the neighbour car trader, and our family car always get the dings and scratches due to the culprit neighbour's. The neighbour is a car trader whose has a second hand car business and every wekend he takes one or two back to his home to sell. I guess he is performing a private sale to avoid the obvious reasons. The drives are small (average width of a normal family size car), so when he drives his M5 and other larger cars he has to manoever (spelling) his cars onto my drive in order to drive his cars into his own drive.

Can anyone suggest some ways of protecting my drive and car being damaged? I thought if I install some metal railings that may at least stop my cars being damages and stop the neighbours coming onto my private drive to get into his cars. However, I'm not sure if I need planning permission or just go ahead and get someone to install it. (I think it will involve digging my side of the drive and fit some metal post to support the metal rails.) Not sure about the cost though...


Any suggestions are welcome.

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Cant you just put a few heavy concrete flower tubs in the way. I don't think you would need planning permission if the railings are bolted to the concrete as opposed to concreting them in, I could make them and install them myself if you were local!! If the railings are bolted rather than concreted they would be seen as temporary rather than permanent therefore planning permission would not be required, cheaper that way as well and can easily be removed should the need to be.
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That's a great suggestion putting large flower pots. After all they are decoration and it will stop them driving over to my drive...

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Contact your local councils building regulations department. So are very helpful and will give you the lowdown on what you need to know.

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