I recently acted for clients who were forced into a boundary dispute instigated by new neighbours. The neighbours believed that a fence separating the properties was not in the correct position and sought a declaration from the court on the true position...
In an ideal situation, when a landowner wishes to perform work on his property requiring access to his neighbours land permission would be granted and the work could be carried out with the minimum of fuss.
However, many people find that their relationships with their neighbours have deteriorated to the level where permission has been refused.
The law recognises the difficult position that this places landowners in.