We have a selection of powers available to alter the routes of public paths under the Highways Act and the Town and Country Planning Act.
Public rights of way can legally be diverted, stopped or created by a Public Path Order where it is in the interest of the landowner or the public, or is needed to allow for development to take place.
The types of order making powers that we can use include:
Applicants are advised to read the relevant guidance notes attached to this page before completing the corresponding application form. Within these the legal tests which must be met by an application are described, and further information about the processes involved is given.
Before you make an application we also strongly advise that you talk to a member of our rights of way team to discuss your proposal and any other considerations which may need to be taken into account.
Since September 2016 we have revised charges for the promotion of orders under the Highways Act 1980 and the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. The full report and explanation of the revised charges is attached to this page.
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