Although business owners whose customers park on other people's property could be affected if the ability of those customers to park is withdrawn by the landowner, this appears to be a sensible decision by the Court of Appeal.
Just because a neighbouring landowner acquiesces to customers of a separate business parking on the property, for the sake of good relationships, this does not mean that the property owner intends to grant rights over the property to the business owner. The granting of any such rights could adversely impact on the ability of the property owner to use and develop the property. This decision prevents the landowner having to take periodic court action to prevent rights being inadvertently granted with some simple precautions such as 'suitably worded' signs.
This is also a decision that I am sure will be welcomed by the sign making community.
THE Court of Appeal has ruled against the owners of a Keighley fish and chip shop in a landmark case which lawyers say could have an impact on thousands of Yorkshire businesses.