Adealon International Proprietary Ltd v London Borough of Merton: ChD 12 Apr 2006

The claimant had bought land originally bought from the defendant, but after a long series of events, the only available access was over the retained land. It sought a right of way of necessity.
Held: At the time of the grant, other access was envisaged. No right of way of necessity was implied.
Frances Kirkham J
[2006] EWHC 1075 (Ch)
England and Wales
CitedTitchmarsh v Royston Water Company Limited 1899
The land owner sought a grant of right of way of necessity. His land was blocked on three sides by land of the vendors and on the fourth side by a route which ran in a cutting, which would make connection with the granted land difficult.
Held: . .
CitedPomfret v Ricroft 1669
A lease was granted with the use of a pump on land not demised. The lessee complained of the lack of repair of the pump.
Held: The lessee had a right to repair the pump, but the landlord did not have a duty to maintain it. Where land is . .
CitedClark v Cogge 1607
A grantee of land shall have the benefit of an implied right of way of the grantor’s land where necessary: ‘the case was, the one sells land and afterwards the vendee, by reason thereof, claims a way over the plaintiff’s land, there being no other . .
CitedCorporation of London v Riggs CA 1880
The court considered whether a right of way of necessity had been granted: ‘the real question I have to decide is this – whether, on a grant of land wholly surrounding a close, the implied grant, or re grant, of a right of way by the grantee to the . .
CitedUnion Lighterage Company v London Graving Dock Company CA 1902
Stirling LJ said: ‘in my opinion an easement of necessity means an easement without which the property retained cannot be used at all, and not one merely necessary to the reasonable enjoyment of that property.’
Romer LJ said that enjoyment of a . .
CitedIn re Webb’s Lease, Sandom v Webb CA 1951
The court considered the acquisition of right of way of necessity. Evershed MR said: ‘If by this language Salter J intended to lay it down that in a case such as this (where it is or may be reasonable for the court to assume that, if the parties had . .
CitedPwllbach Colliery Co v Woodman HL 1915
Whether an easement may be created by implication depends on the circumstances under which it is said to have been made. The law implies a grant of such easements as may be necessary to give effect to the common intention of the parties to a grant . .
CitedBarry v Hasseldine 1952
The grantee’s land was surrounded partly by land of the vendor, and partly by that of other parties, including a disused airfield owned by a third party. For some time following the grant they had been able to obtain access over the airfield by . .
CitedNickerson v Barraclough CA 13-Dec-1980
The defendant appealed a finding that the plaintiff had a right of way of necessity over his land. When looking to see whether a grant of a right of way of necessity was implied, the court should ascertain the intention of the parties and public . .
CitedSweet and Another v Sommer and Another ChD 25-Jun-2004
Part of land had been sold off. By oversight no right of way had been taken in favour of the retained land. The dominant owner argued that by demolition of a building a means of access could be found and that therefore no right of way by necessity . .
CitedSommer and Another v Sweet and Another CA 10-Mar-2005
The claimants had sought entry into theirs and their neighbour’s registered land titles of entries to acknowledge their rights of way. The neighbours appealed the finding of a right of way of necessity and by proprietary estoppel, and an order for . .

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Updated: 29 January 2021; Ref: scu.241685