Landmark case as Lincolnshire land gains 14 acres due to accretion

Leading law firm Roythornes Solicitors has successfully acted on behalf of a client in gaining ownership of 14 acres of land that has become available thanks to the natural process of accretion.

The land, located in Lincolnshire on the River Humber, is currently used as part of a farm and the owners now have legal ownership of the land adding value to the farm and increasing the acreage in their ownership.

Simeon Disley, partner at Roythornes Solicitors, who successfully made the application for ownership said: “Accretion is the process by which the area of land increases by the acts of natural forces. The vast majority of the UK coast is eroding but some areas on the east coast are actually increasing in size.

“To prove that accretion has taken place you need accurate, up-to-date plans – which may require the Ordnance Survey to assist – and an understanding of the law of accretion and land ownership next to the sea.  I requested that the River Humber was re-surveyed by the Ordnance Survey and following the acceptance by the Land Registry of our claim, my client was awarded the ownership of an extra 14 acres of land.

“The land will most likely be used for grazing in the short term as it will still occasionally get covered by salt tides. However, the land can be used for a number of uses such as wildfowling, a source of material for the improvement of sea banks to protect against flooding and also in agricultural environmental schemes with government support.”

Roythornes is a top 150 national law firm with offices in Alconbury, Peterborough, Nottingham and Spalding – its head office. The company works across a number of sectors including agriculture and energy and waste but it has a particularly strong property and planning team with a growing national presence.


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