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Can a bridleway become a public highway? What is the statutory process that has to be followed when upgrading the highways?

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Published on LexisPSL on 09/08/2019

The following Planning Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Can a bridleway become a public highway? What is the statutory process that has to be followed when upgrading the highways?
  • Modification of the definitive map and statement

Can a bridleway become a public highway? What is the statutory process that has to be followed when upgrading the highways?

Highways can be created by statute or by dedication and acceptance between the landowner and highway authority. Part III of the Highways Act 1980 (HiA 1980) contains a variety of powers for the creation of highways, including:

  1. express dedication of highway under HiA 1980, s 37

  2. dedication of way as highway presumed after public use for 20 years under HiA 1980, s 31

  3. adoption by highway authority by agreement under HiA 1980,

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