How much does it cost to put in a new driveway?

A new driveway can cost anything between a few hundred pounds and over £20,000 depending on the size of the drive and the material used for the new driveway.

A new driveway can significantly enhance the ‘kerb appeal’ of your home as well as adding value. Daily Telegraph property expert Bunny Guinness says that ‘drives and entrances set the feel of a property, creating the all-important first impression.’ Many buyers will decide if they do not like a property before they even get out of the car and it can be hard to shake off negative first impressions created by an unattractive or poor exterior.

According to the website lets-do-diy.com, a block paved driveway can expect to set you back between £45 and £80 per square metre, whilst a concrete driveway costs between £35 and £50 per square metre.

Another option is to use ‘bound gravels’ - gravels that don't move around. The particles are totally set in the resin, giving rise to a perfect surface, although these cost around £60 per square metre, including installation.

The size of your driveway will also determine the cost and may also determine whether you need planning permission for the work. Since 2008 it has been a requirement to obtain planning permission for the construction or replacement of a replacement or new driveway which is anything over 5 square metres in size where the surface is non-permeable.

Another benefit of adding a concrete or paved driveway to your home is that it creates off street parking; a huge attraction to potential buyers. Paving your front garden can create a parking space in a busy urban area which may add significant value to your home.

As TV presenter Phil Spencer says, “If you want to add value in an area where parking is at a premium, then it is concrete every time. You may need planning permission, and may have to spend £10-£20,000, but added value could be £50,000 in an expensive urban location.”

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