On Thursday 5 October 2017 we enjoyed the red carpet experience at Denbies’ Wine Estate in Surrey as a finalist in the Best Rural Professional Services category in the Rural Business Awards, Sponsored by the CLA and Amazon. It was quite a night!
We were awarded “Highly Commended” in our category. As a small niche business we were delighted with this acknowledgement of the service that we provide.
The night started with a champagne reception giving us the opportunity to speak to fellow finalists and guests. An interesting discussion with the Amazon contingent included the usefulness of the Amazon delivery boxes as composting material!
Our table was next to the stage – ideal for viewing the pre-presentation final details and the host, Jules Hudson from Escape to the Country.
Of course to have won would have been fantastic but the calibre of our fellow finalists was significant. Being beaten by a law firm with more than 200 employees and partners and a turnover of £14M is no disgrace!
A great night, explaining footpath diversions and modification orders to our table and learning about dog treats, farm shops and baking from them.
Congratulations to everyone who made it to the finals – we know just how much work it takes to shine in your chosen field, Well done!
We are always pleased to talk about public rights of way – just get in touch using the form below.
It has been an exciting few hours since we learned we had been shortlisted in the Best Rural Professional Services Business category in the 2017 Rural Business Awards – and now it has been officially announced we can share this great news with our clients.
We know there are some great rural businesses out there so are privileged to get through the initial judging and be one of the five in the running for the Award.
Thanks are due to our great clients and for their recommendations – here’s just one:
We would describe Michael as extremely professional, incredibly knowledgeable on the subject matter and very capable of conveying incredibly complex information in a very user-friendly way. We would not hesitate to ask Michael to act for us again.
We remain committed to working with our landowner clients challenged by public rights of way. We are always happy to talk through a problem and to find a solution.
You will find more about us on our website www.etlandnet.co.uk and you can always email Michael Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
A public right of way can have a dramatic impact on the value of a property, sometimes making it unsaleable. However if you have fallen in love with a house and are willing to ask questions and do some research, then it might not be as bad as you think. We’ve set out some pointers below.
Is the path on the correct alignment? You might be surprised to know that some property owners have made changes to public rights of way without going through the formal diversion process. It will be the line on the map that will be enforced, not an alternative.
Look out for signs which show where the path runs
Are there stiles or gates on the route? You will need to be satisfied that these are “lawful limitations” and are recorded by the highway authority otherwise they are likely to be obstructions and you can be forced to remove them. You can only get permission for a gate that keeps livestock in or out of your property. The security of your pets or children is not a basis upon which an authority can permit you to have a gate, and a stile will rarely be authorised as a new structure.
An authorised gate may require special latches
Is the path part of a promoted route? You will need to ask or check on the Ordnance Survey’s published leisure maps where promoted routes are shown with diamonds.
Is the path well used? Be sceptical when the seller says that they have never seen anyone use the path. Even if that is the case, that does not mean that it will not be used in the future.
Is the path fenced off? The path might have been fenced off to stop the public and dogs straying, but any fencing must not obstruct the legal line and width of the path and there are rules about the fence height. If in doubt, check with the highway authority.
This footpath has been fenced on both sides across a paddock – but it is too narrow
Can you lessen the impact of the path on the property? You may be able to divert the path away from the house or out of the garden or away from some change of use of the land if this improves matters for you. Diversions are not straight forward but it is always worth investigating. We recommend taking specialist advice. And do bear in mind that diversions can take time to achieve.
The footpath gave a great view into the garden of this house – it has now been diverted.
We are standing on a public path – you can see into the windows of this house for sale.
It might be a matter of better management of the path. Proper signs can help and a fence or hedging may be a good way to provide the privacy you need. Bear in mind that if you plant a hedge it will grow sideways as well as up! You will need to cut back side growth if it goes across the path.
Some of our clients have been able to benefit from diverting paths to improve their privacy and security. As one noted to us “it’s just good land management practice to look after and enhance your property if you have the opportunity to do so.”
OUR KEY TIP!
Arrange to view the Definitive Map and Statement.
The Definitive Map and Statement is the legal record of the alignment, status and other details about the path and it is this information which the highways authority will rely upon. You will usually find how to see these documents through the “rights of way” pages on your county or unitary council’s website.
You can always contact us for advice – we can often give a preliminary view without charge and if nothing else, point you in the right direction. It costs nothing to ask us!
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