Vehicular Access Crossing
In order to ensure that vehicle crossings are properly
constructed, all domestic vehicle crossings will be built by
Bedford Highways. We will deal with the provision of estimates and
receive payments before the work is carried out.
Planning permission is not usually required for such work, but
will be if:
- The property involved has the frontage directly on to a
- The property involved is a listed building.
- The property involved is other than a house for a single
family, e.g. Housing, Commercial or Industrial Developments.
If you need to know the classification of a road then please
contact us on the contact details below.
If it appears that your property comes within one of the
classifications listed above and therefore requires planning
permission, you should download an application from the planning pages
of the website. Alternatively, you can contact the Planning and
Housing Service Unit on 01234 718069 or email email@example.com.
The construction of a vehicle crossing. Does not give the
occupier of the premises any particular rights, except to drive
across the footway to gain access to his/her property, the crossing
itself is part of the public highway. From the date that the
crossing is constructed, Bedford Borough Council will assume
responsibility for its maintenance at no cost to the occupier,
apart from any damage caused by illegal use.
If you decide to go ahead with the construction you must remove
the fence, wall or hedge within the property at the place where the
crossing will be located before construction can take place.
The following is a list of conditions relevant to the
construction and the use of a domestic vehicle crossing after it
has been completed.
Permitted types of vehicles
A domestic vehicle crossing may only be used by a private light
goods or similar vehicle. It may not be used by heavy goods
vehicles or mechanical equipment. If a delivery, such as a skip, is
made into the property, and in doing so the delivery damages the
crossing, any repairs will be the responsibility of the
Size of the crossing
The crossing will be constructed to dimensions that are suitable
for vehicles to access the property. A crossing which covers the
full frontage will not be permitted except in exceptional
Where the occupiers of two adjoining properties share a
driveway, and wish to build a double width crossing to serve the
two sites, one occupier should act on behalf of both parties.
Parking within your property
Your application will not be approved unless you are able to
provide a suitable parking area within your property, this must be
at least 6 metres long, measured from the front of your house
to the boundary of your property and 3.6 metres wide. There
must be enough space around this area for pedestrian access. If the
width of your property is more than 8m these conditions may not
There may be instances where the above criteria are not met. In
such cases approval may be given, subject to a site inspection by
Bedford Borough Council. Our decision as to whether the application
will be approved or refused is final.
No part of a vehicle parked within your property may project on to
or over the highway. The crossing may not be used as a parking area
and no part of it is exempted for the purpose of footway
Where you are intending to use gravel or a similar loose
material for your hard standing, you should consider the problem of
material being carried on to the highway by the movement of the
vehicle. This is especially true where the surface comes up to the
boundary. Where material of this type is used, concrete or blacktop
should be laid in a 5 metres strip from the boundary to the start
of the gravelled area. This will help to reduce any problem. If the
material is carried onto the highway it will be the responsibility
of the occupier to remove it by sweeping etc.
The parking area within your property must be built so that
water does not drain from it across the footway. Suitable drainage
must be provided within the boundaries of your
Where applicants have removed more of the wall or fence running
along the boundary, than is required by the size of the crossing,
it should be understood that an item of street furniture, i.e. lamp
post, telegraph pole, traffic sign etc., may be erected at any time
in the footway outside the area of a crossing, even though this may
obstruct an area where there is no wall or similar feature.
Obstacles to construction
If the proposed position of the access is obstructed by a road
sign, lamp post, or tree, etc. the location should be altered to
avoid the obstacle. If this is not feasible, a decision will have
to be made by Bedford Borough Council as to whether the item
should be removed or relocated.
If a statutory authority is required to carry out work by
relocating a fire hydrant, telegraph pole etc. any charges for such
work will be the responsibility of the applicant, who will be
required to produce written proof of approval by the authority to
Bedford Borough Council before a crossing can be built.
If an applicant wishes the crossing to be placed in a location
other than that recommended by Bedford Borough Council and
this requires the relocation of a lamp post or similar item, which
would not otherwise be necessary, he/she will be required to pay
the full cost of relocation. At the present time this is
approximately £1,000 .
Alterations to your vehicle crossover
Bedford Borough Council may need to alter the layout of
your vehicle crossover at any time, due to modifications in the
footway or verge. Every effort will be made to maintain access to
your property and the occupier of premises so affected will be
given adequate notice of such works.
Any application for the construction of a domestic crossing may
be refused or modified on the grounds of safety. The applicant must
ensure that adequate sight lines are maintained to allow safe
access to their property.
Gates across vehicle entrance
Gates fitted across the vehicle entrance to your property may in
no circumstances open outwards across the footpath or
What happens next?
If you require a crossing to be built, please contact us we will
then check the viability of the proposal, and provide you with a
written quotation for the construction. You will need to pay
£126.30 for a site visit and estimate of the cost of works.
You will be required to submit payment in full before we build
For more information, please contact our Highways Helpdesk as
Phone: 01234 718003
Mail: Highways Helpdesk
Bedford Borough Council