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21 February 2020

Could a drainage ditch dispute be a sign of things to come?

Jocelyn Patrick brought his field in 1984, however has only recently decided to register the plans at the Land Registry. Whilst it is agreed that he owns the field, his neighbours and the parish council argue that he doesn’t in fact own the drainage ditch which acts as a boundary. This boundary dispute has caused an uproar amongst the town as the drainage ditch takes floodwater to the sea and has implications for the their flood defences.

Tristan Ward, Partner in BDB Pitmans’ landed estates and agriculture team explains that registering plans can prevent such disputes, commenting:

‘Situations where an accurate plan, or an express description of a boundary, does not exist, are often fertile grounds for such disputes to arise’.

The full article is available to subscribers of Estates Gazette, here.

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