Having had to live in the Borough of Croydon for 8 years all I can say Mr S has some taste, sorry to say I can't think of any resturant he would get a good meal in, in Croydon. However, perhaps in modelling a part of Paris on well perhaps thats Purley which has the most millionaires per square mile in the UK! Just a thought but on reconsidering perhaps not!!
Permission was used as broad term and I don't recall having to ask/tell my local council in UK diddly squat about paving a bit of my garden or putting down a hard standing. You have permitted development, planning permission and building regulations but what is 'building notice' ?
Sorry to tell you Ernie, but you would now have to ask your local council in the UK for planning permission if you want to pave just a bit of your garden. The new regs came in this year partly as a result of the flooding issues some parts of the country have had.