Kerb work to park car in gar­den could cost at least £1,000

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - John Rob­son

rea­son is the po­ten­tial dam­age the weight of a ve­hi­cle could cause to that verge or foot­path and also the mains ser­vices that may run be­neath.

Be­fore con­struct­ing a dropped kerb, per­mis­sion must be ob­tained from the lo­cal high­way au­thor­ity, this be­ing North York­shire County Coun­cil. Plan­ning per­mis­sion may also be re­quired from the Lo­cal Plan­ning Au­thor­ity at Har­ro­gate.

Once the plan­ning per­mis­sion is­sue is re­solved and, if so re­quired, the rel­e­vant per­mis­sion granted then an ap­pli­ca­tion for a Li­cence of Con­sent from the county coun­cil is needed. How­ever, such a li­cence can only be granted by the county coun­cil for a con­sent to form a ve­hi­cle cross­ing where the road­way forms part of the adopted high­way.

Ve­hi­cle cross­ing re­quests can­not be con­sid­ered by the county coun­cil if :

The ve­hi­cle cross­ing is on to a pri­vate street

The ve­hi­cle cross­ing is to a street which is cur­rently un-adopted but sub­ject to an adop­tion agree­ment by the coun­cil un­der sec­tions 38 or 278 of the High­ways Act 1980.

The reg­u­la­tions pre­vent the coun­cil from pro­vid­ing any form of con­ces­sion from a user of a wheel­chair, mo­bil­ity scooter or pram.

There are fees payable. The plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion fee to­gether with the Li­cence Con­sent fee, are £90.

If you pro­ceed and suc­cess­fully ob­tain both plan­ning per­mis­sion and con­sent then the per­mis­sion to drop the kerb will be sub­ject to the work be­ing car­ried out by a con­trac­tor ap­proved by Har­ro­gate Coun­cil. The coun­cil will pro­vide a list of ap­proved con­trac­tors. The costs of the work, I am in­formed, will be be­tween £800 and £1,000 de­pend­ing upon the re­quired width of the kerb and if there is a wide verge to cross.

There are po­ten­tial additional costs of the statu­tory un­der­tak­ers if any ap­pa­ra­tus ex­ists be­neath the pave­ment. For ex­am­ple, if ser­vices such as a Bri­tish Tele­com fi­bre op­tic cable ex­ist. Not only is there the in­con­ve­nience of ap­proach­ing the statu­tory un­der­taker for ad­vice and guid­ance as to how to pro­ceed but un­known costs to deal with any ex­ist­ing ap­pa­ra­tus will need to be fac­tored in.

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