Planning applications and their relationship with footway crossovers

By Caroline Bywater

A recent report by the Local Ombudsman considered a local highway authority’s refusal to create a vehicle crossover from the highway over a grass verge to the complainant’s driveway. The crossover had been permitted by the planning inspector on appeal on the grounds that there would be no adverse effect in this particular case. Brent LBC, as planning authority, had rejected the original application because it believed that the loss of the grass verge would harm the visual amenities of the locality…

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