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kathiejs

  • Joined May 2017
Gate "next to" highway?
« on: June 11, 2017, 09:39:10 pm »
Another question please relating to a property we haven't even bought yet (but it's getting close :excited:)

I gather that we don't need planning permission to erect a gate less than 2m high provided it's not "next to" a highway, but I'm not sure what that means exactly and Google is not helping.  I would want to put a gate across a very short track that leads from the road to a parking area,haybarn and fields - just a lockable 4' metal bar gate to deter fly tippers etc. There would be enough room to pull off the road (but not a lot more) before having to stop to open the gate, so is that enough to make it not "next to"?  Or is there a specific distance? ???
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Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
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Re: Gate "next to" highway?
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2017, 10:42:47 pm »
It will likely depend on just which area you are in.  The question is whether or not you have to open the verge - in which case you need permission from the Highways Department.  It sounds as if your track already opens onto the road in which case all is well - you would be helping road safety by being able to get a vehicle off the road promptly.  The other question is whether or not the track is a public right of way.  It's probably best just to check with the council so they know what you're doing, and you get the right advice.
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kathiejs

  • Joined May 2017
Re: Gate "next to" highway?
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2017, 11:13:36 pm »
It's in Torridge, Devon.  Yes, the track already opens onto the road (a quiet "narrow yellow") - it would make no difference to road safety as vehicles can just turn into the track and proceed straight to the parking area at the moment.  I wouldn't be changing the track - just putting a gate across it, about 5m in from the highway.  No right of way involved.

bazzais

  • Joined Jan 2010
    • Allt Y Coed Farm and Campsite
Re: Gate "next to" highway?
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2017, 03:17:07 pm »
Just pop the gate in - remember to invert the top hinge ;)

 

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