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Dropped kerbs

We have a protocol to make sure all dropped kerbs for vehicular property access are implemented as safely as possible.

If you would like to install or widen a dropped kerb at your property please Icon for pdf download the dropped kerb application form [602.88KB] and return it to us using the address listed below.

Before you apply please be aware that:

  • there is a £205.50 fee for the assessment and should be paid by cheque and included with the applications
  • the administration fee is non refundable regardless of the outcome
  • your application will be refused if you don't meet the conditions below
  • there is no formal appeals process as all decisions are made within our agreed protocol

Speak with our planning section if:

  • you live in a conservation area, there may be restrictions
  • your property is on a classified road 
    • A roads - major roads intended to provide large scale transport links within or between areas.
    • B roads - roads intended to connect different areas, and to feed traffic between A roads and smaller roads on the network.
    • C roads - classified unnumbered - smaller roads intended to connect together unclassified roads with A and B roads, and often linking a housing estate or a village to the rest of the network.
    • Unclassified - local roads intended for local traffic. 60% of roads in the UK fall within this category.

Your application will be refused if:
  • the parking area is less than five metres deep
  • you're extending an existing driveway over 6.3 metres
  • the carriageway (road) is less then 5.5 metres adjacent to the proposed crossing
  • your driveway is within 10 metres of a road junction
  • your driveway is within 18 metres of a bus stop
  • your driveway is less than one metre from street furniture
  • there is a grass verge between your property and the highway
  • there is an existing parking bay in front of the access
  • there is less than two metres visibility either side
  • water would drain onto the highway from your drive

Investigations will be needed or assessments carried out if there's:

  • a canopy of trees over the proposed drop kerb
  • manhole covers or iron works on the footprint of the proposed drop kerb
  • a steep verge or footway as vehicles would be at risk of grounding, it should be no greater than one in six
  • any right of access on the land you wish to park on or cross over

You will need to provide the following where appropriate:

  • a detailed sketch with dimensions of your proposed driveway and dropped kerb
  • if your property is rented, written permission from your private landlord, housing associations or The Gateshead Housing company where applicable
  • evidence of planning permission if your property is on a classified (A, B or C) road

It can take up to 10 weeks for a decision. No work should start without our written permission.

Contact us

Network Management
Gateshead Council
Civic Centre
Regent Street
Gateshead
NE8 1HH

Phone: 0191 433 7000
Minicom: 0191 433 7554

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