What the Waistell vs Network Rail case means for you…

We have all heard about the landmark Japanese Knotweed case of Mr Waistell v Network Rail, but what exactly was the precedent which was set following the hearing?

Japanese Knotweed was typically used by Network Rail to stabilise railway embankments in the past, and due to this, most railways in Britain are dotted with stands of the invasive weed. Unfortunately for Mr Waistell, his property backed onto one such area. Although there was no Japanese Knotweed growing on Mr Waistell’s property, it was in such close proximity, so as that his solicitors were able to argue that it was interfering with “quiet enjoyment of the property”. This shows us that if there is a premise for Japanese Knotweed to spread onto your property, you have some legal standing.

If you do find yourself in a situation where there is Japanese Knotweed growing within close proximity, we would always advise initially getting in touch with a Japanese Knotweed remediation company as they will be able to come out and conduct a survey for you to get a more detailed insight into the situation at hand.Following the survey, the company should be able to provide you with a management plan to eradicate the Japanese Knotweed. Depending on the extent of the Japanese Knotweed, you may not be prepared to pay for these costs, and this is when getting in touch with a legal professional will come in handy.

If you think there is Japanese Knotweed growing on your or a a neighbouring property or site, please feel free to get in touch with us on freephone 03335 777 888