Build Over Agreement Came Into Force
In 2011, most of the sewers and private sewer outlets in England and Wales were transferred to public property. Thousands of kilometres of pipes – repaired and maintained by the owners (often without their knowledge) were under the jurisdiction of water companies. While this was undoubtedly good news for the owners, it created a kind of legal shade zone when these sewers were built by their former owners. Each water company has its own policy regarding the construction of public pipes or near public canals. For Severn Trent Water, if an owner wants to build in the immediate vicinity of an existing public channel, they will have followed one of the two lawsuits. Until the late 1990s, they reportedly entered into an agreement with Severn Trent Water, which stated both their rights and the rights of the water company. If no construction agreement has been reached, the vendor should have a sewer line review and the records forward to the water company. If the water company is satisfied that the sewers are in good condition, they will give a consolation letter confirming that the sewers are in satisfactory condition. The comfort letter generally satisfies the buyer and its mortgage lender that the Water Company will not take any action to demolish the insulting structure over the public sewers. All water companies have legal rights to access public sewers on private land. These include sewers located under or near a property. If the construction permit has been granted by a canal, Severn Trent will still attempt to reach the canal without disturbing the terrain.
If this is unavoidable, they will repair all the damage done in reason. If a canal has been built without consent, Severn Trent has the right to reach and protect sewers by any means they deem appropriate. In extreme circumstances, this may include the requirement that all buildings involving public sewers be modified or removed at the expense of the homeowner. What matters is when the land was built and whether the runoff at the back serves only the house or the neighbours. If it was built before 1937 and is divided – it is and it was a public sewer, and an over-construction agreement that were needed.