Factors To Consider When Planning A New Driveway

For many homeowners, there is no better feeling than renovating particular areas of their houses to make it modern, sleek and fresh. Your driveway is no different, where many homeowners will spend a considerable amount of money to install the perfect driveway, with several property owners often forgetting key factors that need to be considered during the planning phase. 

Fortunately, the experienced team at Bestco Surfacing recognise this, which is why they have created this guide on the key factors that you need to consider when planning a new driveway.


Before you begin to think about the style, it’s vital that you have decided on the materials that you are going to use. This is because there are several materials that can be used for driveways, though it doesn’t mean that they should be depending on your style preference, climate and a range of other factors. That being said, a few of the most notable materials worth noting include:

  • Tarmac
  • Asphalt concrete
  • Block paving
  • Resin
  • Gravel


It should go without saying, but the style of your new driveway is one of the most crucial aspects to consider. Before we go any further, it’s worth mentioning that the materials used play a crucial role in the style of the driveway, as each material has its unique aesthetic look and finish once installed. 

Additionally, it’s likely that you will have a preference when it comes to how creative the driveway is, where some homeowners simply install surface the driveway with the material with a border around the edge. On the other hand, you could also look to demonstrate your creative side by planning specific designs with the use of block paving as an example. 


Not many people recognise at first, but there are two important financial aspects that need to be considered within the budget, which is the price of the materials, and the cost of contractors. When you are searching for the appropriate team and the most suitable materials, it’s advised never to simply choose based on the lowest price available, as it’s likely they are using the cheapest materials and labouring team possible. 

Planning permission

Depending on the design of your new driveway, you may require planning permission before any work can commence. One of the most notable reasons for this is if you require a new drop kerb to be installed at the front of your property, at which point you will need to contact the local council to obtain the appropriate planning permission.

Size requirements

Linking back to the style factor, you will also need to take into consideration the size requirements of the driveway. The most obvious approach is to take into consideration the number of vehicles that will be parked on the driveway, where you should be able to estimate the size of the cars to plan the driveway accordingly.

Got a design in mind?

For those that have a design in mind but unsure whether or not the project is possible, why not get in touch with the experts, Bestco Surfacing? Having worked within the surfacing industry for a significant amount of years, we have assembled an experienced team of contractors that have all of the knowledge and expertise to design, install and finish the driveway of your dreams.

Interested in finding out more? By calling 01992 652 477, you will have the opportunity to speak to one of our experts who will be more than happy to confer about your ideal driveway and the process involved. If you are looking for just a quotation, you can simply head over to our website and provide your details in one of our quotation forms, where we will be in touch at the earliest convenience with an estimation of your project.


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