Len Hutton Drive

We were appointed to act for the developer to provide an expert opinion on whether the driveway dimensions to three newly built properties were adequate following a change in the plans which meant moving the building line forward a couple of metres.

The buyers of the property�s claimed that the changes were made after they had committed to purchasing them and that they had expected larger driveways, and the reduced size meant that in their view the value�s were also reduced. Their claim was based on the premise that they could no longer park their vehicles easily on the hard standing provided.

We were asked to examine the provisions that had been created for vehicle parking within the property�s plots and to then advise what effect this would have on the overall value of the purchase price. It was discovered that on one of the plots the driveway was capable of parking three vehicles within the cartilage. The remaining two had capabilities for fewer vehicles but still adequate provision, however these two had an issue over the private drive access which they shared with each other.

We were able to prove that the road layout for the site was within the guidelines set out in the Local Authority�s policy requirements, and also that other recent developments of a similar style and nature were providing homes with similar layouts and drives.

We produced an expert report discounting the claims in respect of both parking provisions and values. Two of the claimants dropped their cases and the third has not instructed the courts so far to date.

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