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Where a parcel of land is being acquired voluntarily by a local authority (LA) as a dedication for highway purposes, does the dedication deed need to be registered with HM Land Registry or the Land Charges Department of the relevant LA, or both?

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Produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk
Published on LexisPSL on 10/09/2020

The following Local Government Q&A produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Where a parcel of land is being acquired voluntarily by a local authority (LA) as a dedication for highway purposes, does the dedication deed need to be registered with HM Land Registry or the Land Charges Department of the relevant LA, or both?

Where a parcel of land is being acquired voluntarily by a local authority (LA) as a dedication for highway purposes, does the dedication deed need to be registered with HM Land Registry or the Land Charges Department of the relevant LA, or both?

Section 30 of the Highways Act 1980 (HiA 1980) allows for an agreement to be reached by the owner of the land dedicating that land to the public for the purpose of widening the highway. The dedication does not usually amount to a transfer of the land from the landowner but rather means that the land becomes a highway and maintainable at public expense. HiA 1980, s 72 contains similar provision in respect of the widening of existing highways, and HiA 1980, s 25 contains provisions in respect of footpath creation. There are various

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