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NSW Property Law - Putting Easement for Stormwater Drainage Across Neighbour's Land?

Discussion in 'Property Law Forum' started by Macman75, 16 November 2015.

  1. Macman75

    Macman75 Member

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    I have a DA in for a granny flat and it has been queried because of stormwater drainage problems. In short I am at the top of the block, my neighbour is lower than me and is a waterfront. The council has asked that a stormwater plan be submitted and that an easement be built for stormwater down to the waterfront.

    The only problem is the easement has to go across the neighbour's property-the very neighbour who objected to the DA. Are they legally obliged to allow me to put the easement across their land? If not, what are my options for the DA under Property Law and further development of my existing dwelling?

    Any thoughts would be appreciated.
     
  2. Sophea

    Sophea Well-Known Member

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    Hi Macman75, generally drainage easements are created by agreement and are noted on the certificate of title. When created in this way, the easement can only be extinguished by agreement between both landowners. However in certain circumstances it may be possible to obtain an easement for the drainage across other property by special application to the Supreme Court or the Land and Environment Court. This is usually complex and legal advice is recommended.
     

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