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MPRE - Our Online Guide

Managing Private Roads and Estates ("MPRE") is our practical guide to the management of private roads and estates. It's intended to complement our printed book, Private Roads: The Legal Framework (now in its 5th edition).

MPRE is an online guide:  it is not available to the general public, but is only for the use of current members of PRS.

Each chapter of MPRE is a separate pdf file, and members who are logged in can download the  chapters from the table below by clicking in the left hand column:  e.g. click on "1-Background" to download chapter 1.  There is also an Appendix containing model letters and other precedents. These are pdf files.


Updates and comments

Our aim is that MPRE should be kept up to date in a way which is not possible with a printed book, responding to legal and other developments and to requests and comments from users. We welcome feedback from members about passages which are not clear, or don't seem to answer the questions which members have, and about issues which are not covered.  Equally, we will be happy to add to the list of model letters and other precedents on request.

 Managing Private Roads and Estates



1 - Background

History - Information about private roads - Distribution - Need for management - the law - PRS in action

2 - Organisation

Introduction - Advantages and disadvantages - Company formation - Company administration:  basics; annual return and report; annual accounts; audit - The best of both worlds? - Changing form - Charitable status - Subscriptions - Other forms of income

3 - Information and communication

Introduction - Know your road - Data Protection Act 1998 - Communicating with residents; buyers' solicitors; local government and other bodies

4 - Problems with ownership

Introduction - disadvantages of not owning the road - Acquiring title

5 - Problems with encroachment

Introduction - Private use (private rights of way, parking, other easements, adverse possession) - Public use (highways) - Encroachment by a residents' association

6 - Maintenance

Introduction - Road surfaces - Surface water drains - Subsidence - Trees, shrubs etc - Street lighting - Volunteers - Contractors - Paying for maintenance

7 - Services

Introduction - Road works - Access to private sewers and water mains - Adoption of lateral drains - Surface water drains

8 - Development

Introduction - Influencing planning decisions - Private rights of way and related issues - Restrictive covenants - Granting new rights of way - Dealing with developers - Objectives - Minor planning issues - Other action

9 - Risk management

Introduction - Limited liability companies - Accidents generally - Standards of care - Some specific issues - Warning notices - Other risks - Health and safety issues - Insurance - ATE ("after the event") insurance

Appendix - model letters etc

[Model letters to residents (various issues) - buyer's solicitors - neighbour (permission to use road) - Local authority (alleged highway;  use of powers) - Freedom of Information Act notice]


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