Planning permission is not required to hard surface your front driveway if the new or replacement surface uses permeable (porous) material which allows water to drain through; or if rainwater is directed to a suitable drainage system.
If the driveway is larger than 5m2, planning permission will be required for new or replacement traditional driveways which are constructed of impervious materials or do not incorporate drainage. Guidance has been produced by the Department for Communities and Local Government and Environment Agency regarding paving front gardens : Paving front gardens
The construction of a vehicle/footpath crossing to a classified will require planning permission.
In all cases the council will need to be contacted to arrange for the construction of a Vehicle Crossing (dropped kerb) to be carried out. A charge is payable for this service. Demolition
The Town and Country Planning General Permitted Development (England) (Order) 2015 (GPDO), grants planning permission for the demolition of most types of buildings unless the council has made an Article 4 Direction to restrict permitted development rights.
However, in the case of demolition of dwelling-houses or buildings adjoining dwelling-houses, factories, offices, schools, hospitals and other commercial buildings this planning permission cannot be exercised (i.e. demolition cannot take place) unless the developer has applied to the local planning authority for a determination of whether the prior approval of the authority will be required to the method of the proposed demolition and any proposed restoration of the site. This is referred to as a 'Notice under Schedule 2 Part 11.
Listed building consent will be required for the demolition of all or part of a Listed Building, and planning permission may be required for demolition within a Conservation Area. Please note: Notification is not needed if planning permission exists for the redevelopment of the site, or the demolition is required by a demolition order or enforcement notice, or by the exercise of any other authority of the Council. You can access and download the Dudley application forms from the Planning Portal.