Front gardens: To pave or not to pave?Picture showing driveway entrance

Paving over your entire front garden can have a serious impact on the natural and urban environment.  Replacing gardens with hard surfaces:

  • increases the chance of flooding
  • decreases the appearance of properties and can lower their value 
  • increases water pollution
  • decreases biodiversity

Did you know? The London Assembly has found that almost a quarter of the front gardens in South-East England are now completely paved over: an area equal to 5,200 football pitches!

Planning permission now required to pave over your garden

New planning legislation means that planning permission is now required to pave over your garden with more than 5 square meters of non-permeable surfaces.

There are circumstances where permission is not required.  For more information, please refer to the Government guidance:

Using permeable surfacing and planting more vegetation prevents the flooding of your property and improves its appearance (and potential value). 

Redbridge’s pound for pound tree planting scheme

Trees improve and enhance the environment of Redbridge. The '£ for £' scheme allows you to get involved in the planting of new trees in your local area. Under the scheme, the Council will finance 50% of the cost of supplying and planting trees in Redbridge.

An application for the scheme can be made for any location within the Borough, on private or public land.

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