Highways England purchases land and property as needed to carry out road schemes. If the land/property is not required or the scheme gets cancelled or changed, Highways England may sell the property.
Highways England can only sell land/property that is surplus to its operational requirements. This is sold in accordance with Crichel Down rules. These rules require government bodies, under certain circumstances, to offer back surplus land to the former owner or the former owner’s successors in title at current market value.
Highways England sells property on the open market through its contracted agents Smiths Gore. Contact Smiths Gore to register your interest. You may be required to contribute towards Highways England costs if land is of low value. Not all surplus property is sold on the open market.