Highways and footpaths

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Statutory basis and effect Every highway authority must keep a definitive map and statement (DMS) of the public rights of way in its area. The DMS kept by any particular...

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The whole point of the Definitive Map and Statement ('Definitive Map') of public rights of way etc is that it is definitive. However, although it is definitive it is not...

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Need for specific additional enquiry where highway access is crucial Direct access to the highway can be fundamental to the viability of a development. In Gooden, the...

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Section 137 of the Highways Act 1980 (HiA 1980) states that it is an offence ‘if a person, without lawful authority or excuse, in any way wilfully obstructs the free...

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Placing scaffolding, hoardings or skips on the highway (including pavements) is an obstruction and, strictly, constitutes a nuisance. Section 137 of the Highways Act 1980...

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Powers to adopt The Highways Act 1980 (HiA 1980) gives highway authorities the power to adopt new highways by agreement, places a duty on highway authorities to maintain...

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Meaning of ‘highway’ In the broadest sense, a highway is a way (ie a defined route, such as a road, bridleway or footpath) over which the public have the right to pass...

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A ‘cycle track’ is a way which constitutes or comprises a highway, which the public have a right of way on pedal cycles (other than pedal cycles which are motor vehicles)...

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Highways not maintainable There are some, but very few, highways for which nobody has any liability for maintenance. All other highways are maintainable either at the...

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This note is based on the assumptions that: • the developer is in control of the relevant land and has conveyed the necessary part of the land to Highways England...

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This note is based on the assumptions that: • the developer is in control of the relevant land and has conveyed the necessary part of the land to Highways England...

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Trespass Trespass is the unlawful presence of a person on land in the possession of another. The ownership of land includes the airspace above it. Therefore, an invasion...

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Any structure that lies either over or under any ‘highway’ or ‘street’ is a projection. As well as public highways the definition of ‘street’ includes most private...

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Purpose Highways can be stopped up if the area of highway is no longer needed, or when the land is needed for a development to take place. When a road is 'stopped up' it...

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Part I of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CRWA 2000) provides a statutory public right of access on foot over: • mapped areas of ‘open country’, including...

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Public rights of way (PROW) are highways that allow the public a legal right of passage. They have the same status and protection in law as highways and remain in...

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