MBL: Highway Issues for Property Lawyers
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We appoint the very best solicitors to handle these types of issues on our potential sites - however, it always helps to have a good understanding of these issues, so that we can better explain the risks to landowners and customers.
Development sites may be worthless without access and domestic properties may be unsaleable if they do not abut an adopted highway. Whether a road is a highway can be difficult to ascertain and local authorities may be unable to help.
We attended the seminar on 21 April in London, which covered the following topics:
- What is a highway - roads, ways, footpaths, bridleways
- How are highways created? Statutory and common law methods
- Ownership of highways & the position of the highway authority
- The problems with s.38 agreements and the spectre of unadopted roads
- How wide and deep is the highway? What about grass verges and ditches adjoining?
- What about footpaths, bridleways and restricted byways?
- Powers to apply for the stopping up and diversion of highways
- Public versus private rights
- Powers of local highway authorities in relation to highways
- Property Development issues