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    can anyone help, maybe someone has done this before.

    we've decided that it's time to get the driveway done at our house and get rid of all the flower beds that the previous owner had. the space that we want covered is approximately 7m wide by 7m long. first of all, can anyone give me a rough estimate as to how much it'll cost, i'm after a functional drive rather than a good looking one, seeing as i want to move out as soon as poss. and rent it out - so block paving would be ideal.

    secondly, seeing as we'll be able to fit two cars on the new driveway i wanted to extend the dropped kerb.

    the sketch may or may not help, but what i want to do is extend my dropped kerb further to the right in order to meet the neighbours' dropped kerb, will the council have ay problems with this?? the overall size of the dropped kerb will in excess of 10m, but not all of it will be for our house.



    finally, i've been onto the council about dropping the kerb and they have an online form to fill out, but they ask whether all the occupants are relatives, which is not the case in this instance as we have just got ourselves two lodgers, will this make a difference in the councils eyes, i can't see a reason why the council would reject the proposal on this basis, any ideas anyone??

    also, if anyone in the south east has had their driveway done and can recommend a company i'd be grateful.

    cheers

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    Hiya Harry.

    Don't know if this any good, but my neighbour got quoted £700 plus by our local council recently to have his kerb dropped. He had his front garden paved over so he could get his car and work van off the road. Due to the cost, he made his own portable concrete ramps to get up and down the kerb...

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    I had a dropped kerb done last year in Warwick and paid £650 for a standard 4m wide access. The quotes I could get from the council approved contractor list were all the same price! Plus I had to pay the local council £50 fee to inspect/approve the kerb.

    I don't know why they want to know who lives in the house, I was not aksed that. The £650 was only for diggin up and removing exisiting full height kerb, fitting lowered kerb and resurfacing the pavement upto my boundary with better grade hardcore for the heavier car traffic. Way over the top but I had no choice.

    Good luck!

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    cheers guys, i'd heard that it costs around that much. if i'm really lucky mine might be a few hundred quid less as it's only 1.5m to the neighbours dropped kerb, will have to wait and see.

    i called the planning office and asked whether it would make a difference if i had lodgers or not, the kid on the other side of the phone (and he did sound only 13) said that it didn't make a difference - so why have it on the form then!?!?

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    My father in law is having his done and has paid the council £100 for planning consent and a further £500 actually have it dropped.

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    looks like that i should expect to pay between 600 and 700 quid regardless of how much work i need them to do.

    any less and its a bonus!

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    hi there

    if your getting it done then moving out so you can rent it then i`d just
    get it dropped and the garden area flagged,i done all my driveway myself 2
    yrs ago as piccy below and think i done a reasonable job considering i`m not
    a builder,we paid £360 for the kerb and paving to be dropped and that was
    about 3 yrs ago but hey i expect it to be 3 times that down in london.


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    well seeing as you got a bit of spare time Andy how about you come down and do mine!??!

    on a serious note, i think your driveway is exactly what i'm going to end up with, either that or "impressed concrete" which i heard about today. never seen that though so i'm a bit skeptical.

    how much did the material cost for that amount of driveway Andy, and how far did you dig down?

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    hi m8


    the material cost me about £1000 then the cost of 3 skips i dug down about
    6" and to this day it aint sunk so i must of done it right,that sort of size
    driveway i got quoted about 5k to do it so think i saved myself loads of
    cash to spend on me car at the time lol



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    If you are thinking block paving you would be looking at about £40 a square metre, although maybe a bit dearer in London.

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