GGEL POLICY ON GRANTING ADDITIONAL OR AMENDED ACCESS ACROSS COMPANY VERGES INTO A PROPERTY ON THE ESTATE
GGEL purchased the Roads, Footpaths, Verges and Covenants from Mr W. K. Clarke (a former resident), in February 1996 who had acquired these assets many years before when the original company owning them went into Members Voluntary Liquidation. The original covenant relating to these assets provided access to the building plots that were sold for development. The continuing ownership of the roads and in particular the verges are, inter alia, to reinforce a key covenant relating to building density.
GGEL purchased these assets on behalf of the residents in part to control and implement the covenant. Through GGEL’s ownership of the verges, they control and have a continuing alignment for the public utilities, water, gas, electricity, telephones, and sewerage. In addition through its ownership GGEL is able to manage and co-ordinate the upkeep and maintenance of the estate and to retain its rural nature and ambience as directed by the shareholders.
Since GGEL purchased the assets, a number of residents have wished to amend the access or driveway to their property and the Company has decided whether to allow the proposed changes.
If a further easement is required either as a replacement or as an additional right then a formal agreement has to be made between the householder and GGEL. The agreement sets out the rationale for the easement together with a plan and responsibility for the protection of the underlying services and records the fee payable. GGEL has been advised that current commercial practice is to charge a fee equivalent to between half and one third of the increased value of the land following the granting of an easement. GGEL will review the level of fee taking into account the specific circumstances relating to each application.
There have been precedents established for minor widening for example to help access for people with mobility difficulties, when the fee has been waived or greatly reduced. Also temporary easements have been permitted subject to the verge being reinstated to its normal condition when the original rationale was no longer valid. In all cases it is still necessary for the householder to obtain approval and enter into a formal agreement with the company.
The point of contact within GGEL is the relevant Director for Roads and Verges, currently Lawrence Harriss. This director will assess the proposal and report its general effect on the ambience of the Estate together with any other relevant facts to the Board who will decide whether to allow the easement and the fee applicable.
- To grant an easement for any structures in front of the Building Line or minor breaches of covenants £250
- To widen an existing access by up to 2m or create an agricultural only access or non – 365 day access £2000
- To create a completely new access to an already developed plot. For example a second driveway. £5000
- Any new access to allow the development of a plot – to be negotiated.
- To grant an easement retrospectively for any structures in front of the Building Line or minor breaches of covenants £500