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Planning Permission to widen Driveway

Do you need planning to widen entrance to front of drive?

Probably Yes. There are three aspects to this. The general rule is that any development in relation to property requires Planning Permission.   Development is defined in the Local Government  (Planning and Development Act 1963 -  under Section 3) as meaning the carrying out of any works on in or under land or the making of any material change to the use of any structures or other land.

Unless you are going to move the driveway by a few centimetres that does not make any difference, then I think you will need Planning Permission.

Another aspect of it is for what purpose do you need to make the changes?   Are you going to bring Trucks in on a regular basis or park a number of big vehicles like Buses?   If this is your intention it might require separate Planning Permission for a material change of use in the property.

Finally if you have a house built in the last 30 years or so where conditions in Planning Permission usually specify details of how the gates and entrances of properties should be constructed.   This should certainly require an amended Planning Permission to change that.

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