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Neighbour wants to fence off end of shared access driveway
Say you have a row of 4 houses - with deeds that allow each owner access over a driveway (in pale green below) at the front (but each owning their individual slice). Access to the road is via a single accessway over a council owned/maintained verge.
Say the owner of the last house (D) wants to get planning permission to add a new accessway to the road (as shown in bright green) and fence off their part of the drive.
What are the downsides for owners of A, B & C? Upsides are less traffic over their portions of the drive. Although C might have a bit less room to turn/reverse.
But for A & B? Obviously D would be breaching the convenant which requires them to not obstruct, and to permit access over the drive in front of their house. But normally A & B would have no use for this access right.
Could it be sensible to wait for a planning decision (rather than object) as if permission is granted then the right of access over D's portion of the drive suddenly becomes useful. They could insist on the right of access in the deeds - meaning all houses could benefit from a drive through U shaped driveway.
Am I missing something - a long term implication of not objecting to the plan? E.g. say it goes ahead and the fence gets built but A,B & C don't bother to enforce their right of access will subsequent buyers really care? Not having access over a small patch of land they never needed to access in the first place?
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