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      Statutory Instrument 2002 No. 1711

      Vehicular Access Across Common and Other Land (England) Regulations 2002


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STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS


2002 No. 1711

COUNTRYSIDE, ENGLAND

Vehicular Access Across Common and Other Land (England) Regulations 2002

Approved by both Houses of Parliament

  Made 3rd July 2002  
  Coming into force in accordance with regulation 1(1)

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, in exercise of the powers conferred on her by section 68 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000[1], hereby makes the following Regulations a draft of which has been laid before and approved by resolution of each House of Parliament:

Title, commencement and extent
     1.  - (1) These Regulations may be cited as the Vehicular Access Across Common and Other Land (England) Regulations 2002 and shall come into force on the day after the date on which they are made.

    (2) These Regulations shall apply to land in England only.

    (3) For the purposes of paragraph (2), "land" means any land which is crossed by a way used as a means of access for vehicles to premises.

Interpretation
    
2.  - (1) In these Regulations - 

    (2) Any reference in these Regulations to a numbered regulation shall be construed as a reference to the regulation so numbered in these Regulations.

Entitlement to make an application
    
3.  - (1) An owner of any premises may, as respects a way to which section 68 of the Act applies, apply for the creation of an Easement in accordance with these Regulations.

    (2) For the purposes of these Regulations, the owner who makes an application shall be referred to as "the applicant", the land crossed by the way shall be referred to as "the land" and the person who, for the time being, has the freehold title to the land, shall be referred to as "the land owner".

Prescribed date
     4. The prescribed date for the purpose of section 68(1)(b) of the Act is 5th May 1993.

Nature of
Easement
     5. An Easement created in accordance with these Regulations shall - 

Procedure for making an application
    
6.  - (1) An application for the Easement shall be made by the applicant serving a notice on the land owner.

    (2) The application must be served within 12 months of the date on which these Regulations come into force or, if later, the date on which the relevant use of the way has ceased.

    (3) The application shall contain the information specified in paragraph 1, and be accompanied by the information specified in paragraph 2, of the Schedule to these Regulations.

Unopposed applications
     7.  - (1) Where the land owner does not object to the application he shall, within three months of receipt of the application, serve a notice on the applicant, agreeing to the application.

    (2) The notice shall contain the following information - 

    (3) The notice shall be accompanied by evidence of the land owner's title to the land.

Opposed applications
    
8.  - (1) Where the land owner has objections to the application, he shall, within three months of receipt of the application, serve a notice (a "counter notice") on the applicant, objecting to the application.

    (2) Objections to the application may be made on the following grounds - 

    (3) The counter notice shall contain the following information - 

    (4) The counter notice shall be accompanied by - 

Amended application and amended counter notice
    
9.  - (1) Within two months of receipt of a counter notice, the applicant may serve on the land owner an amended application addressing the objections and any alternative proposals set out in the counter notice.

    (2) An amended application shall contain the information specified in paragraph 1 of the Schedule to these Regulations and shall be accompanied by any evidence relevant to the applicant's response to the objections and any alternative proposals set out in the counter notice.

    (3) Where the applicant has served an amended application on the land owner, the land owner shall, within two months of receipt of the amended application - 

    (4) An amended counter notice shall comply with regulation 8(2), (3) and (4)(a) and, for this purpose, - 

    (5) Where the land owner has served an amended counter notice on the applicant, the applicant may, within two months of receipt of the amended counter notice, serve a notice on the land owner agreeing to the amended counter notice.

Lands Tribunal
    
10.  - (1) Where a counter notice has been served, either party may, where there is a dispute relating to any matter other than the value of the premises, request the Lands Tribunal to determine the matter in dispute by sending a notice of reference to the Lands Tribunal in accordance with the Lands Tribunal Rules 1996[2].

    (2) The notice of reference shall have annexed to it - 

    (a) the application;

    (b) the counter notice; and

    (c) if applicable, the amended application and amended counter notice.

Calculation of the compensation sum
     11.  - (1) Subject to paragraph (2), the compensation sum shall be 2 per cent. of the value of the premises.

    (2) Where the premises were in existence on - 

the compensation sum shall be 0.25 per cent. or 0.5 per cent. of the value of the premises respectively.

    (3) Where the premises are in residential use and replaced other premises on the same site which were also in residential use ("the former premises"), the compensation sum shall be calculated in accordance with paragraph (2) by reference to the date on which the former premises were in existence.

    (4) For the purposes of these Regulations, the value of the premises shall be calculated as at the valuation date on the basis of the open market value of the premises with the benefit of the
Easement.

    (5) In paragraph (4), the "valuation date" means the date as at which the premises are valued for the purposes of the application, being a date no more than 3 months before the date on which the application is served.

Determination of the compensation sum in default of agreement
     12.  - (1) Where no agreement can be reached on the value of the premises, either party may serve on the other a notice (the "valuation notice") requiring the amount to be determined by a chartered surveyor.

    (2) Where a valuation notice has been served, the appointment of a chartered surveyor shall be agreed by the parties within one month of the service of the valuation notice and, where agreement on such appointment cannot be reached, either party may request the President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors to appoint a chartered surveyor.

    (3) Where a chartered surveyor has been appointed in accordance with paragraph (2), the following provisions shall apply as appropriate - 

Payment of the compensation sum
     13.  - (1) Where - 

the applicant shall pay the compensation sum to the land owner.

    (2) The compensation sum shall be paid within two months of - 

    (3) The land owner shall, within one month from the date of receipt of the compensation sum, provide the applicant with a written receipt for that sum.

Payment into court
    
14. Where - 

the applicant may, within two months of the expiry of the period for service of a notice under regulation 7, 8 or 9(3), as the case may be, pay the compensation sum into a county court in accordance with the Court Funds Rules 1987[4].

Creation of the Easement
     15. Upon payment of the compensation sum either - 

the Easement shall be created.

Notices
     16.  - (1) A notice under these Regulations shall be in writing and may be served by sending it by post.

    (2) Where any notice is required by these Regulations to be served within a specified period, the parties may, except in the case of an application, agree in writing to extend or further extend that period.

Abandonment etc. by applicant
    
17. Where the applicant withdraws or otherwise fails to continue with the application at any stage, he shall be liable for the reasonable costs incurred by the land owner.


Alun Michael
Minister of State Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

3rd July 2002



SCHEDULE
Regulation 6(3)


INFORMATION TO BE PROVIDED BY THE APPLICANT


     1. The application shall contain the following information - 

     2. The application shall be accompanied by - 



EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Regulations)


These Regulations regulate the procedure to be followed by persons wishing to apply for an
Easement subsisting at law for the benefit of premises and giving a right of way for vehicles over common or other land pursuant to section 68 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.

Regulation 3 states who is entitled to make an application and regulation 4 the prescribed date for the purpose of section 68(1)(b) of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.

Regulation 5 states the nature of an Easement created pursuant to these Regulations and regulations 6 to 9 set out how to make an application for an Easement and the subsequent procedure.

Regulation 10 provides for the Lands Tribunal to determine any matters in dispute between the applicant and the land owner except for the value of the premises. Regulation 11 provides for the compensation sum payable to the land owner in return for the Easement, to be calculated by reference to a percentage of the value of the premises. Regulation 12 sets out how, where no agreement can be reached on the value of the premises, this is determined by a chartered surveyor who is chosen by the parties or specially appointed.

Regulations 13 and 14 stipulate how the compensation sum is to be paid to the land owner or into court. Under regulation 15 an Easement is created on payment of the compensation sum.

Regulation 16 makes provision for notices served under these Regulations.

Regulation 17 provides that the applicant shall be responsible for the costs incurred by the land owner if the application is withdrawn or abandoned.

A Regulatory Impact Appraisal has been prepared in relation to the Regulations. It has been placed in the Library of each House of Parliament and copies may be obtained from the Common Land Branch, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Zone 1/05 Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol BS1 6EB (telephone 0117 372 8520).

(E.mail commons.villagegreens@DEFRA.gsi.gov.uk)


Notes:

[1] 2000 c. 37.back

[2] S.I. 1996/1022, amended by S.I. 1997/1965 and 1998/22.back

[3] 1996 c. 23.back

[4] S.I. 1987/821, amended by S.I. 1988/817, 1990/518, 1991/1227, 1997/177, 1999/1021, 2000/2918 and 2001/703.back



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