Kerb work to park car in garden could cost at least £1,000
reason is the potential damage the weight of a vehicle could cause to that verge or footpath and also the mains services that may run beneath.
Before constructing a dropped kerb, permission must be obtained from the local highway authority, this being North Yorkshire County Council. Planning permission may also be required from the Local Planning Authority at Harrogate.
Once the planning permission issue is resolved and, if so required, the relevant permission granted then an application for a Licence of Consent from the county council is needed. However, such a licence can only be granted by the county council for a consent to form a vehicle crossing where the roadway forms part of the adopted highway.
Vehicle crossing requests cannot be considered by the county council if :
The vehicle crossing is on to a private street
The vehicle crossing is to a street which is currently un-adopted but subject to an adoption agreement by the council under sections 38 or 278 of the Highways Act 1980.
The regulations prevent the council from providing any form of concession from a user of a wheelchair, mobility scooter or pram.
There are fees payable. The planning application fee together with the Licence Consent fee, are £90.
If you proceed and successfully obtain both planning permission and consent then the permission to drop the kerb will be subject to the work being carried out by a contractor approved by Harrogate Council. The council will provide a list of approved contractors. The costs of the work, I am informed, will be between £800 and £1,000 depending upon the required width of the kerb and if there is a wide verge to cross.
There are potential additional costs of the statutory undertakers if any apparatus exists beneath the pavement. For example, if services such as a British Telecom fibre optic cable exist. Not only is there the inconvenience of approaching the statutory undertaker for advice and guidance as to how to proceed but unknown costs to deal with any existing apparatus will need to be factored in.