How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask propertylawyer Your Own Question

propertylawyer
propertylawyer, Solicitor
Category: Property Law
Satisfied Customers: 232
Experience:  Property solicitor with expertise in commercial and residential property transactions.
94563951
Type Your Property Law Question Here...
propertylawyer is online now

I have a house that I want to demolish it and build 3 other

Customer Question

Hello,
I have a house that I want to demolish it and build 3 other dwellings. There is a small piece of land (not more than 7 sqms). This land is attached to my property only. This piece of land is needed to widen the current entrance for the planning application to be approved by the council. The highways informed us that they do not own it. It does not belong to any of the near properties according to the land registry. The project will die if this land was not added ( because of cars entrance ). Don't know what to do.
Thanks.
Hytham
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Property Law
Expert:  propertylawyer replied 2 months ago.

What have you done to establish who owns the land?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Helllo,Firstly, the planning officer told us that according to the high way maps that she has, the highways do not own this piece of land. Afterwards, I bought the title plan of the nearest house (the only one that has borders with the piece of land, in addition to us.) The title plan showed that they do not own this land. Then, I phoned the solicitor who helped me in buying the house and he sent me a map that has all the registered land in the area being in red. This small piece of land was not colored in red, whivh indicates that it is not owned by any of the houses in the area. Later, we contacted the council's officers who advised us to ask the highways. So, we paid around 30 pounds for the highways, for them to tell us who owns it, and they sent us saying that they do not own it while sending a map having the lands owned by them in the area. When comparing the two maps (the one from the land registry and the one from the highways) this is the only piece of land that is not clear who the owner is in both.Thanks
Expert:  propertylawyer replied 2 months ago.

You have examined all of the usual avenues of enquiry. It is therefore unregistered land (not showing on the land registry's registers) and therefore it will be difficult to establish who the owner is.

Expert:  propertylawyer replied 2 months ago.

Will the land in question become 'highway' once/if developed?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Hello,Thanks for the reply. I do not know if it would be added to our property or it would be a highways land as we just want it as an entrance. The important question is that if we do not know the owner, are there any procedures that should be taken to use this piece of land that has no owner?
Thx
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Ifvit is highways is ok with me. I just want to use some of it for cars movementThx
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Hello. I need ab answer please on what could be done to use this land that has no owner. Are there any procedures that should be taken before it coukd be used?
Expert:  propertylawyer replied 1 month ago.

I have looked into this further. Highways will not appropriate the land and will not consider any application where ownership is uncertain.

Unless you can establish who the owner is then it will be an issue and difficult to proceed.

An option is to fence it and try to claim possessory title but that is a 10 year wait. Although the owner may surface during this period but the land will become a ransom strip and the paper owner can effectively hold you to ransom.

Without knowing who owns the land you are stuck.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Thank you for your answer. An urban planner told me that I can make an ad in a local newspaper asking who is the owner of this piece of land. Does this make any sense?
Thx

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • Thank you so much for your help. Your answers were really useful and came back so quickly. Great! Maggie
< Previous | Next >
  • Thank you so much for your help. Your answers were really useful and came back so quickly. Great! Maggie
  • A quick response, a succinct and helpful answer in simple English. I believe I can now confront the counter party with confidence -- worth the 30 bucks! Rick
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C.
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Remus2004

    Remus2004

    Barrister

    Satisfied Customers:

    2427
    Over 5 years in practice.
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/EM/emus/2015-7-7_192327_bigstockportraitofconfidentfemale.64x64.jpg Remus2004's Avatar

    Remus2004

    Barrister

    Satisfied Customers:

    2427
    Over 5 years in practice.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/TG/TGraham12/2012-7-17_81212_bigstockBusinessHandshake508163.64x64.jpg Thomas's Avatar

    Thomas

    Solicitor

    Satisfied Customers:

    414
    UK solicitor holding an England and Wales practising Certificate.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/KA/Kasare/kasare.64x64.jpg Kasare's Avatar

    Kasare

    Solicitor

    Satisfied Customers:

    42
    Solicitor, 10 yrs plus experience in civil litigation, employment and family law.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/OS/osh/2015-7-7_19268_gettyimagesb.64x64.jpg Joshua's Avatar

    Joshua

    Lawyer

    Satisfied Customers:

    4708
    LL.B (Hons), Higher Prof. Dip. Law & Practice
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/AS/Aston Lawyer/2013-10-8_19517_JAPROFILEPICTURE.64x64.jpg Aston Lawyer's Avatar

    Aston Lawyer

    Solicitor

    Satisfied Customers:

    1823
    LLB(HONS) 20 years of experience in dealing with Conveyancing and Property Law
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/CH/chathamchamber/2011-4-24_191833_1.64x64.jpg chatham-chamber's Avatar

    chatham-chamber

    Solicitor

    Satisfied Customers:

    828
    LL.B, Pg.Dip, LL.M, M.B.A (Pending), Solicitor-Advocate. UK Practising Certificate issued by SRA., DIFC Courts Registered (Dubai)
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/CL/clairep80/2013-8-25_191218_dreamstimexs267279822nd.64x64.jpg Clare's Avatar

    Clare

    Solicitor

    Satisfied Customers:

    241
    I have been a solicitor in High Street Practise since 1985 with a wide general experience.
 
 
 

Related Property Law Questions