from The Observer Magazine, 20 April 2008

A new law comes into effect in October to prevent the loss of front gardens to parking by requiring planning permission for any impermeable drive surfacing. It is a major problem with run-off that currently soaks in to help build up underground aquifers. Two strips of paving or gravel between low ground covering plants should be sufficient for parking off-street.

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 will be amended – Ed.

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