Can a gate be installed allowing access onto a public footpath? - The Sunday Times

Ed Cracknell, Partner in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, property litigation team. Ben Cochrane, Associate in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, real estate, planning and construction team.
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Ed Cracknell, Ben Cochrane

Can a gate be installed allowing access onto a public footpath? What if the footpath is on private land?

Russell-Cooke partner Ed Cracknell and associate Ben Cochrane answer a reader's question in the Home Help section of the Sunday Times. They explain that if the contested footpath is not a public highway, the only way that the right of access is created is through an easement. 

The full column is available to read online.

Ed Cracknell is a partner specialising in property litigation and dispute resolution. He regularly advises on landlord and tenant disputes, business lease renewals, rent and service charge recovery, possession proceedings, and dilapidations claims.

Ben Cochrane is an associate in the real estate team. He advises on all aspects of planning, highways and compulsory purchase. Ben acts mainly for property developers, strategic landowners, property owners, and private individuals on a variety of projects.

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