Vehicle Crossings - Frequently Asked Questions

Find out more about creating a Vehicle Crossing outside your property by checking out the frequently asked questions

 

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Are all properties suitable for front garden parking?

What is the size of the vehicle crossing?

What type of hardstanding will I need?

Do I need Planning Permission?

Who pays for its construction?

What type of vehicle can use a crossing?

Who can construct the crossing?

How much does it cost?

What if my property does not join the public highway?

Who will maintain the crossing when completed?

Do I need any other permission?

What if someone parks in front of it or otherwise obstructs it?

Are crossings suitable for all cars?

Will the Council allow a second vehicle crossing or In/Out access

Will the Council carry out work within my property?

What are my responsibilities as the Applicant?

What happens if I appoint my own contractor?

If after reading the frequently asked questions you still need further guidance, please use the following link to email the Councils Streetworks team streetworkscoordination@milton-keynes.gov.uk

 

 

Are all properties suitable for front garden parking?

  • No. Some gardens can be too steep, narrow or to short. To be able to park most cars without overhanging the footway (which is an offence) requires a depth back from the adopted highway boundary of at least 5.0 metres.

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What is the size of the vehicle crossing?

  • A standard vehicle crossing is 5 metres wide (3 metres of flat kerbs and 2 tapers) at the roadside tapering back to 2.75 metres wide at your property boundary (see the specification drawing). Any extension to an existing crossing may be of variable width. Each location will be considered on its merit taking into consideration the balance between removing parked vehicles from the highway and providing ‘on street’ parking

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What type of hardstanding will I need?

  • If there is no existing hardstanding, Milton Keynes Council Highways Authority will not permit a vehicle crossing to be constructed until a permeable hardstanding has been constructed on the property. This is to ensure that the purpose of the application is for the legal use of the crossing to gain access onto the property and not for other means.

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Do I need Planning Permission?

  • Any property proposing to construct a hardstanding within its boundary may require planning permission. In many cases there is no requirement, but you will if you live on a classified road (i.e. an A, B or C road) or if you live in a flat or maisonette and intend to construct a permeable hardstanding for your car, you may require planning permission. To be sure, you will need to contact the Councils Planning Enquiries service on 01908 252358 or email planning.enquiries@milton-keynes.gov.uk for advice in advance of making an application.

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Who pays for its construction?

  • The Applicant, who is usually the householder

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What type of vehicle can use a crossing?

  • Only cars or motorcycles can be used on a ‘Residential Crossing’ - any vehicle over 1.5 tonnes will require an industrial strength ‘Commercial Crossing’.

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Who can construct the crossing?

  • Either Milton Keynes Councils highways contractor or a competent and ‘Council approved’ contractor that has the required public liability insurance and the appropriate ‘Streetworks Supervisor’ qualification (this information must be provided to Milton Keynes council prior to any work being started). Only the Councils Highways contractor may move street furniture.

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How much does it cost?

  • Your application for a vehicle crossing will cost £184.68 (residential) £788.89 (Industrial) and is not refundable if the crossing is refused.  Construction costs depend upon a number of factors, including the distance from the road to the property and any services affected. The quote from the Councils contractor will include all fees including the road opening fee.

If you engage your own contractor there are fees payable by the Applicant to the Council for; road opening, approval of your contractor, inspection and approval of the works. The Applicant also remains liable for maintenance costs to the crossing, for a period of 24 months from completion.

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What if my property does not join the public highway?

  • You only have a right to cross from your property to the public highway. If, between your property and the highway, there is land owned by others (including land owned by the Council or The Parks Trust that is not highway) you need that landowner’s permission, which will be your responsibility to obtain and provide proof prior to agreement from Milton Keynes Council.

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Who will maintain the crossing when completed?

  • If the Councils contractor builds it, Milton Keynes Council will maintain it.

If the Applicant uses their own contractor to build it, the crossing remains part of the public highway and will be maintained by the Council but any work required within the 24 month maintenance period following completion, will be charged to the Applicant who is liable for the cost of all repairs.

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Do I need any other permission?

  • Council tenants will require the permission of the Housing Service for any works within the boundary of the property. Other tenants may also require permission from their landlord.

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What if someone parks in front of it or otherwise obstructs it?

  • The Council has no powers to prevent inconsiderate parking by others. The police do however, so if this happens you can contact them.

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Are crossings suitable for all cars?

  • Usually crossings are suitable for all cars however, if the footway slopes the opposite way to the garden some cars with low ground clearance may have problems. If such a vehicle is to be used you should let us know.

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Will the Council allow a second vehicle crossing or In/Out access

The Council does not normally allow secondary crossings into a property where the property is already served by an existing crossing and current Council policy does not normally allow separate in and out vehicle crossings. Contact streetworkscoordination@milton-keynes.gov.uk to check.

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Will the Council carry out work within my property?

  • No. If, for example, you want a hardstanding to be constructed for your vehicle you must arrange for this yourself, before construction of the vehicle crossing. The hardstanding must be water permeable to meet current urban drainage requirements.

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What are my responsibilities as the Applicant?

  • You should read the guidance available to ensure your application meets the requirements of the Council, including planning requirements.
  • You must make an application for a vehicle crossing and pay the non-refundable application fee
  • You must pay all fees and costs identified by the Council or their contractor
  • Works must be started within 6 months of this application or your MKC Approval Certificate will no longer be valid

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What happens if I appoint my own contractor?

  • You must appoint a competent contractor, who will be subject to the Council’s approval to protect the highway asset. Where your proposed contractor is rejected, each subsequent approval check will be chargeable (£50). You must include; a copy of your contractors Streetworks certification and their public liability insurance
  • You will pay for Council inspections (£70 final inspection and £50 for remedial inspections if required) and allow periodic inspections by the Council, during construction, as required. 
  • You must book a ‘road opening’ and pay for a road opening licence (£175 or £750) and provide; evidence from your approved contractor of a ‘statutory undertakers search’ undertaken within 3 months of commencement of construction and a copy of their traffic management plan for the site.
  • Your approved contractor must build the vehicle crossing. If, after any additional remedial inspection, the vehicle crossing is not completed to the Councils specification and standards, the Council reserves the right to instruct its appointed highway contractor to complete the necessary remedial works. The Applicant will be liable for all costs associated with the remedial works.
  • The Applicant remains responsible for the site from commencement of the works until Final Approval by the Council and thereafter for maintenance of the crossing for a period of 24 months.

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If after reading the frequently asked questions you still need further guidance, please use the following link to email the Councils Streetworks Team streetworkscoordination@milton-keynes.gov.uk

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Last Updated: 7 September 2018