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wingrovebuyer, Senior Solicitor
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Can a builder reduce the width of a footpath that is at present

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Can a builder reduce the width of a footpath that is at present 2 metres wide to 1.5 metres wide both sides of an adopted road to enable him to widen the afore said adopted road of 4 metres in width to 5 metres width so he can get access to land and build a large housing development.

It is my understanding that the minimum road width to the proposed development of 160 houses would have to be 5 metres otherwise that number of houses would not be allowed due to the restricted road width.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Property Law
Expert:  wingrovebuyer replied 3 years ago.
Hello. Is the footpath a public, adopted footpath please?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Yes, the footpath is a public adopted footpath maintained by the local authority.

Expert:  wingrovebuyer replied 3 years ago.
Hello. Thanks. In this case the builder can widen the road by eating into the paths provided the local highways authority consents - as it is all highway it is simply a case of robbing Peter to pay Paul.