*A driveway can add between 5-10% to the value of a property - Source: Checkatrade | Virgin Money | YourParkingSpace
However, not all driveways can add value to your home. If you do not have a dropped kerb that is approved by authorities you will not actually be able to use your driveway as it is illegal to drive over a public pavement. Also, if your driveway is in a poor condition and has issues with drainage, leading to flooding risks, this could devalue your home as it will put potential buyers off making your home harder to sell.
It's also worth noting some housebuilders could face a paved driveway ban due to new restrictions on river pollution. With the help to clean up the UK’s waterways, the government is looking at new driveway rules. Currently, paved driveways don't allow water to soak into the ground, causing excess water that could leak into rivers. So when converting your garden into off-street parking, you might need to show the plans for a sustainable drainage system in place. Additionally, to favour green spaces, the new rules may include limitations on solid paved driveways.
How to convert your garden into off-road parking and what to be aware of
While the excitement of transforming your garden into off-road parking can take over your mind, it’s also important to think about what to be aware of ahead of time to make sure you don't break any laws in the process.
To help with all to do’s and don’ts while planning your refurbishment, landscaping experts at Marshalls have provided their professional advice on how to convert your front garden into a driveway.
Anna Hampshire, Head of Marketing at Marshalls commented on three main things to consider:
“When creating a driveway, there are two main considerations; first of all, the style you are aiming for but, equally as important, consider the practicality of what you are planning to use your new drive for. Growing families need to maximise the space for cars, whereas those who may be looking to sell in the near future need to consider kerb appeal; removing tired old tarmac and replacing it with new block paving can add more value than you think.”
Design and layout
“There is no set minimum width for a drive, it is the design you choose that is practical for the type and number of vehicles that are going to be using it. Take into account if you have several vehicles next to each other, it is no good measuring the width of your vehicles then finding you have to step out onto muddy grass. Ensure your design gives you easy access from the highway to your driveway, remember it is an offence to reverse onto a public highway from your driveway so in designing your drive make sure the drive is wide enough to accommodate reversing into your drive from the highway which is perfectly legal. If you have room for a turning circle or small reversing bay then build it into your design as it makes life much easier.”
Sustainability and legislation
“Driveway legislation are there to reduce the impact of flooding. Put simply, any new driveway over 5m2 needs to have a drainage system for the water to run to a permeable area. If it doesn’t, then you will need to get planning permission. Permeable paving gives you the option of not having to apply for planning permission to have your driveway completed, many of the best quality ranges enable the water to drain straight back into the ground through your paving and sub base. An alternative approach is to direct rainwater to runoff from hard paving into soft planted areas, where it can soak naturally into the ground. To achieve this, you need to build a gentle slope on the driveway in the direction the water needs to flow, making sure that the slope falls away from the public pavement or highway.”
How can you make money from renting out your driveway?
Driveways and garages can not only add value to your property but can also be used to generate some cash by renting out your space. This is especially worth knowing if you live near a sports stadium, an airport, or a train station where parking is limited and expensive. On average, renting out your space could help you earn up to £200 a month (and even more in places such as London).
Despite this, it's estimated that over half of the UK’s garages are not actually used to park a vehicle in, and are instead used as home storage. That works out as over 5.7 million garages not being used for their original purpose, which accounts for over £1.4 billion of wasted potential income a month.
The UK’s off-street parking
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Using a list of the 40 most populated UK cities and all London boroughs, Nationwide Vehicle Contracts analysed Zoopla’s real estate data to reveal the percentage of properties for sale in each area with off-street driveways or garages. These properties were then further analysed to work out the average advertised sale price for a property with off-street parking.
Locations were then scored on the percentage of properties with garages and driveways and their average price to reveal the areas with the most affordable properties with off-street parking.
Data collected March 2022.
 “Homebuyer Habits: What makes you buy a house?” (Porcelain Superstore)
 “How much does it cost to resurface a driveway?” (Checkatrade)
 “Just how much value does a driveway really add to your home?” (Leaders, 2019)
 “Nearly six million UK garages not used for cars as they’re too full of junk” (RAC, 2021)