Tricky subject indeed so how does the Local Authority decide whether it is or isn’t, and of course if it isn’t, then a Planning Application may be required.
So DCLG (Department of Communities and Local Government), the people that wrote the new PD rules, have, just once, published some [useful ?!] guidance to help LPAs with such interpretation questions.
So here’s one FAQ:- ” Query the impact on enforcement in particular the checking of porous / non-porous surfacing “
DCLG response:-“On permeable paving, we believe it should be relatively straightforward to determine whether something complies, for example, by tipping a bucket of water on to the surface “
So, the photo shows a ‘man from the ministry’ who’s job is to check such things.
Unfortunately, after he had determined that the beautiful brick paved driveway was not porous and therefore all of it needed to come up, he was quite close to the cementitious grout pump the [very upset] builders were using at the time !
The relevance of the apple on his head was not reported……Answers on a postcard please. (or, more probably these days a blog comment)
Some Google Street View images of a group of houses I designed in Billericay a few years back.
The development is in a prominent position on a roundabout and is in effect a ‘gateway’ development.
The concept behind the design solution was for the three storey gambrel roofed dwelling nearest the roundabout to appear to be the original farmhouse with more modern, differently styled ‘enabling’ development in it’s garden.