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How to plan a New Driveway Project

Four crucial aspects that your New Driveway Project Checklist must contain.

As your driveway is the first thing people will see when they visit your home, it's essential to ensure it is built and designed to impress. When carefully planned, it can provide for many years of worry­free service, add value to a property and make it more appealing to future buyers. At first sight, it can seem like an overwhelming task as so many decisions to make when planning a new driveway, whether you're laying a new one or replacing a worn one. We all know that it is a significant investment, and you want to avoid any unexpected costs. Therefore, you don't want to neglect any details.

If you've been putting off getting a new driveway because you don't know where to start or what needs to be done, this checklist will help you get started and prevent costly mistakes. Follow our four crucial aspects to make sure your next project runs smoothly!

Four things to be considered when planning a New Driveway Project

The new driveway checklist will ensure that you do not miss any of the critical elements of the project. You save money and time.

Planning Permission

At the start of your new driveway project, it's crucial to figure out if planning permission is required or not. For example, you want to create a new access point for your cars, and it will involve crossing the pavement from the road to your driveway. In this case, you will need planning permission. Whether your project requires a sign off from the council before work can commence, it is recommended that you find out more about the situation in your locality and consult with your local council. It would be best if you had a clear understanding of which rules apply. Please feel free to use The Planning Portal to find the contact details for the council in your area.

Deciding on a Budget

If you're looking to invest in a new driveway, it's essential to consider what you're willing (and able) to spend on it—affordability matters. The best price possible likely is one of your main priorities. When budgeting, you should think about the needs and abilities you have. Be sure to determine these and then investigate your options before making any decisions. Get in touch with local hard landscaping companies and ask for quotes. With estimates in hand, analyse how much your new driveway project will cost and decide if you are willing to invest that amount of money.

Choosing a Driveway Installer

With the increase in the number of driveway installers offering services across Hampshire and Surrey, choosing a reputable company and one that knows the industry is vitally important. A reliable company will offer competitive pricing, high­quality workmanship and provide high ­quality customer service. Additionally, it would be best if you were sure to ask about their warranty or guarantee; this is often an overlooked aspect of these services. Please read our dedicated blog article on selecting the right local driveway contractors in Hampshire and Surrey to find out more on this matter.

Deciding on materials No one wants to install a driveway that they are not happy with. It would help if you considered your property's layout and aesthetics before deciding on the material for your driveway. There are many options to choose from, including gravel, block paving, resin bound, natural stone, etc. As you can imagine, each option has its pros and cons, longevity and quality, so it is worth doing additional research to understand which driveway material will serve you best in achieving your desired objectives. Please note that an experienced driveway contractor, like Yew Tree Landscapes, can always help determine the appropriate type of material and design for a property.


A well­planned new driveway project can save you time, frustration, and money when it comes to the actual construction process. The materials you choose, how you plan it out, and the landscaping company you decide to deal with all have to be considered to get the best results for your property.

If you are looking for a local landscaping company in Hampshire or Surrey, choose the experts in the field at Yew Tree Landscapes. We have the expertise and knowledge to install your driveway. Get in touch by sending us a message or call us on 01420 489818 / 07553 402009 to discuss your requirements.


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