Access to your drive: crossovers (dropped kerbs)

Terms and conditions

Please read our crossover policy guidelines before applying for a vehicle crossover as the £100 administration fee is non- refundable.

Law

There is no right to drive across any public footway to access a private forecourt or driveway unless there is a properly built vehicle crossover (section 184, Highways Act 1980). We will build a crossover only if its users will be parking within or gaining access to an existing property. Please note that you are responsible for constructing your own hardstanding and you will be liable for any damage to the footway as a result of your work.

Parking

A crossover must not be used as a parking space, as it is illegal for a car to overhang the pavement or to be parked on the crossover.

Width

The maximum width of a vehicle crossing is 3 metres forming a ramped area, with dropped kerbs either side increasing the overall width to 4.8 metres at the property boundary.

We will refuse permission if: a) the part of the property nearest the road is less than 4.5 metres from the back of the footway; b) the crossover will cover a verge of 3 metres or more in depth or any other grassed highway amenity land; or (c) the proposal puts road users at risk or seriously interferes with the free flow of traffic.

Trees and shrubs

We will make every effort to retain trees and shrubbed areas near the highway. An application involving a tree will be assessed on its own merits.

Mobility

Where a resident has chronic medical conditions that affect mobility, we may reconsider applications that don't meet the above terms.

Right of appeal

Should an applicant for the construction of a vehicle crossing be dissatisfied with the response (including but not limited to refusal of consent or any conditions attached to the use of the crossover), he or she may make representations to that effect to the Highway Area Manager. The matter will be reviewed in the first instance by the Highway Area Manager, who will assess whether the council's guidelines have been properly and consistently applied. The Highway Area Manager will determine either:

  • that the guidelines have been correctly applied; or
  • that the guidelines have not been correctly applied, and propose a remedy to the applicant

The outcome of the review will be communicated to the applicant within 28 days of representations being received, together with notification of their right to appeal further if desired.

If an applicant exercises the right to appeal further, the matter will be referred to the Executive Director Environment and Community Services, or in his absence an Assistant Director. In determining the appeal, the Executive Director shall have regard to:

  • the decision of the Highway Area Manager and whether it is correct;
  • any other matter which the applicant has cited as grounds for appeal, including, but not limited to, matters contained in these Guidelines; and
  • whether any proposed decision provides an appropriate balance of benefit between the applicant and the community.

The outcome of the further appeal will be final, and will be communicated to the applicant, with reasons, within 14 days of the appeal being received.

Please note that these regulations apply only to existing properties in the borough. New developments are governed by different standards.