I purchased our house 8 months ago (in Northamptonshire England) and as normal got a copy of the title deeds & title plan. Our property (as most do) fronts onto the road. Our title plan clearly shows that we own right up to the footpath at the front. (this is the current title plan that can be downloaded from the land registry site). I have planted a hedge across the front of our property (still 2.5m back from the footpath) and have now dug & concreted a footing for a garden wall which is 2.4m back from the front boundary. I have today received a letter from Northamptonshire Highways stating that the hedge & footing is on their land and needs to be removed. They have looked at our title plan & agree it shows we own to the footpath but are saying this is incorrect & doesn't mean we own it. They have attached a map showing that they own the front 4 meters of land along the front of all the properties on my side of the road. My question is: Is this correct & where do we stand ?? Do we own this land & can I continue to build my garden wall ? If we don't own the land then surely we're owed some sort of compensation as we purchased the house based on the official title deed & plan. This part of the land is probably about 60m2.
I've attached both items below.. the first is from the letter from Northamptonshire Highways, The 2nd is the Title Deed.
Please let me know. Many Thanks - Duncan
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I agree with you totally.
1st write back tothe council asking for their explanation and 2nd write to sellerssolicitors asking for their and their sellers comments and 3rd,write to HM Land Registry asking for their explantion enclosing the councilsletter and plan
Assuming that the council are correctthen you have acclaim against the sller for misprepresentation.
Until then, you cannot reallydo much more.
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Hi, Thanks for your reply.
It's not really answered my question though.
My main question was what takes precedence?? the fact we own the land on the title plan or the fact the Highways agency are saying they own it ?? Do we own the land or not ??
How can you buy a property that says you own some land & then after paying for it it's taken away ???
I will of course be speaking to all parties involved.
Cheers XXXXX XXXXX
Sometimes there is no definitiveanswer and it must be decided by a Judge in court or Land Tribunal. This is oneof those I am afraid.
Clearly they think they own theland. You think you do and the HMLR deed supports that.