Bradley and Another v Heslin and Another: ChD 9 Oct 2014

The parties were neighbours. One had a right of way over the other’s land. A gate existed over it. B wished to close the gate for security, but H wished it open in order to be able to drive through it without having to get out of his car, and so he padlocked the gate open. At various time over the history of the gate it had been left constantly open, and mostly closed. Then, after a burglary, the police advised B to keep it closed. The parties had discussed an electronic gate. One gate post was built on the other neighbour’s land.
Held: The post had now been acquired by adverse possession.
Norris J said: ‘Where there is a right of way and it is gated by the owner of the servient tenement it will frequently be the case that the application of the principles set out in Pettey v Parsons and the approach suggested . . in BandQ plc v Liverpool and Lancashire Properties . . will lead to an injunction ordering the removal of the gate, unless some means of reducing the inconvenience to something less than substantial can be found.
If the gates are closed and the Heslins or their visitors are coming home then the Heslins have to approach the entrance slowly and, if they see the gates shut, either (a) park the car at the kerbside (perhaps turning off the engine and locking up if there is a sole occupant in the car), get out, walk up the pavement or across the road, open the gates, return to the car and then drive through; or (b) park the car nose up to the gates, with the length of the car crossing the pavement and protruding into the road and into the path of the traffic, get out, open the gates, return and drive through. If the Heslins are leaving home then they can simply park on the driveway, leaving the engine running, whilst someone gets out to open the gates, and then drive through. It is one thing to do this on a summer evening: and another to do it in the depths of winter or during a downpour. Whilst the Heslins dramatised the exercise I have no doubt that if the gates were closed whenever they wanted to pass through them, then they would be seriously inconvenienced, as would their predecessors in title have been.’

Norris J
[2014] EWHC 3267 (Ch)
England and Wales
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Updated: 02 November 2021; Ref: scu.537536