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How can I remove a footpath from the definitive map and statement?

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Published on LexisPSL on 03/03/2016

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

  • How can I remove a footpath from the definitive map and statement?
  • Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
  • Public Path Orders
  • Highways Act 1980
  • Town and Country Planning Act 1990

How can I remove a footpath from the definitive map and statement?

The definitive map is a legal record of public rights of way maintained by the highway authority. Together with the definitive statement, it provides conclusive evidence of the existence of each public right of way shown.

There are several powers which can be used to change the definitive map and statement:

Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, s 53 (WCA 1981) landowners can apply to remove, add or change a route on the definitive map, by making a definitive map modification order (DMMO) application to correct it.

WCA 1981,

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