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Im thinking about buying some land and applying for planning

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HiIm thinking about buying some land and applying for planning for 2 bungalows with driveways etc the plot is a 1/3 of an acreThe problem is they would have to have shaired access through my drive - which obviously i have no problem withMy problem is at the tightes point entering the plot the width of the drive would be 3.5 meters wide - would planning allow this?
JA: What steps have you taken so far? Have you prepared or filed any paperwork?
Customer: No - aution tomorrow
JA: Where is the land located?
Customer: To the side of my property
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: No not really

Good afternoon. What is it that you would like to know about this?

Customer: replied 3 days ago.
Entering to a new proposed building plot though my drive way (2 bungalows)Entering my drive i have 5 meters width - then at just 1 point of the drive for about 1/2 meter the width is reduced to 3.7 metrersMy question is? Would planning access be granted even though at 1 point the width of the drive is reduced to 3.7 meters

I’m afraid the only answer to that is going to come from the local planning authority but there is no reason why it should refused on that alone.

When it comes to access, the local authority are generally more concerned about extra traffic going onto the road and the width and display visibility at that point.

I the whether it’s possible to widen the drive at that point or whether you are stuck with it because, for example, that is the width between the building the boundary. 3.7 m is still 12 feet wide.

Range Rover is 2.22 m over the mirrors. A transit van is 2.5 m over the mirrors..

Assuming this is your own drive, it probably becomes more of a practical problem for any potential buyers who may not like access over a very narrow drive because although there is plenty of room, for most of the length, there is not a fantastic amount of space at that point.

Why you could not write to the local authority and ask them whether this would be a bar in principle although you will find many local authorities want the money and will insist on a full application being made before they will even open their eyeballs.

I’m sorry, I know this doesn’t give you a definitive answer but the reason is quite simply because the only definitive answer will come from the local planning department

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