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Public Path Orders

Public Rights of Way can only be diverted, extinguished or created by way of a Legal Order. The most commonly made types of 'Public Path Orders' include:

  • Diversion orders made under section 119 of the Highways Act 1980 in the interest of landowners, occupiers or the public.
  • Creation Orders made under section 26 of the Highways Act 1980 if there is a public need or by agreement under section 25 whereby a landowner can dedicate a route across their land.
  • Extinguishment orders made under section 118 of the Highways Act 1980 if it is not needed for public use. However it is very difficult to show that a path is not needed.
  • Diversion or extinguishment orders made under section 257 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 in connection with development or mineral extraction.


All diversion, extinguishment and creation orders made under the Highways Act 1980 and Town and Country Planning Act 1990 adhere to the same basic procedure, as shown below. It can take some time to administer an application. Also there is no certainty that an application will result in the desired outcome, as the public have a right to object on certain grounds. Orders are subject to legal tests which must be met by the Council when deciding to make an order.
The process for public path orders is outlined below:

1.    Application
2.    Consultation
3.    Senior Officer decision
4.    If approved, the order is made and advertised
5.    Objection period
6.    Unopposed orders confirmed/ certified and advertised, opposed orders sent to Secretary of State for determination.

There is an administration fee to cover the full costs of making an order and the applicant must also cover all advertising costs associated with the order.  There is a waiting list for dealing with orders - please contact us for details of the current situation.  Orders required for development purposes under section 257 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 may be processed more quickly.

Ordnance Survey is notified about any changes to the network but this can take a while to be reflected on their printed maps.

For further information and application forms, please contact the Definitive Map Team on 01234 276791


Link to old Archived Public Path Orders 

Current Orders in table below.

 

Path and
Nature of Order

Notice pdf

Map pdf

Order Made On

Objection Period Ends

Current Status

Bletsoe: Part of Bridleway No 10
HA Diversion Order 2017

notice
(pdf 8kb)

map
(270kb)

29/09/2017

03/11/2017

 

Dean and Shelton: Part of Footpath No S2
HA Diversion Order 2017

notice
(pdf 8kb)

map
(246kb)

29/09/2017

03/11/2017

 

Wilden: Part of Footpath No 40
HA Diversion Order 2017

notice
(pdf 8kb)

map
(pdf 345kb)

29/09/2017

03/11/2017

 

Wymington: Part of Footpath No 1
TCPA Diversion Order 2017

notice
(pdf 8kb)

map
(pdf 312kb)

29/09/2017

03/11/2017

 

Oakley: Bridleway No 11
Extinguishment Order 2017

notice
(pdf 16kb)

map
(pdf 277kb)

22/09/2017

27/10/2017

 

Wilden: Part or Footpath No 6
Diversion Order 2017

notice
(pdf 15kb)

map
(pdf 321kb)

22/09/2017

27/10/2017

 

Wilden: Part of Footpath No 7
Extinguishment Order 2017

notice
(pdf 15kb)

map
(pdf 277kb)

22/09/2007

27/10/2017

 

Wilstead: Part of Footpath No 8
Diversion Order 2017

notice
(pdf 18kb)

map
(pdf 326kb)

22/09/207

27/10/2017

 

Brook Farm, Ravensden 2016  Report Determined 10/12/2015 as per Recommendations

 

plan  (pdf 1.39 MB)

12/02/2016

07/04/2016

Orders withdrawn 04/08/2017 due to map scale error

Pertenhall: Part of Footpath No 19 and Part of Footpath No 5 Kimbolton Diversion Order 2016
Little Staughton:Part of Footpath No 27 Creation Order 2016
Pertenhall FP19 Diversion Report  (pdf 61kb)  Includes Proposed Diversion of Stonely FP5 Cambridgeshire.
plan  (pdf 897kb)
Determined 16/12/2015 as per Recommendations

notice
Creation
(pdf 7.51 b)

notice
Diversion
(pdf 8.81kb)

map
(pdf 1.03MB)

12/02/2016

01/04/2016

Order to be withdrawn

Kempston Rural: Part of Footpath No A3 TCPA Diversion Order 2016
Kempston Rural Footpath No A3 Report  (pdf 44kb)
Appendix 1 - plan
(pdf 316kb)
Determined 8/02/2016 as per Recommendations

Notice
Diversion
(pdf 11 kb)

Notice
Extinguishment
(pdf 11 kb)

Notice
Creation
 (pdf 11 kb)

map
(pdf 819kb)

19/02/216

29/03/2016

Confirmed by Bedford Borough Council on 15/04/16

The Diversion Order requires certification and will not come into force until all work has been completed

Bedford:Part of Footpath No 18 TCPA Diversion Order 2016
Bedford Part of Footpath No 18 Revised Report  (pdf 47kb)
Appendix 1 - plan (pdf 476kb)
Appendix 2  (pdf 313kb)
Determined 09/02/2016 as per Recommendations

notice
(pdf 17.1kb)

Confirmed Notice
(pdf 36kb)

map
(pdf 531kb)

19/02/2016

29/03/2016

Confirmed by the Secretary of State
on 23 November 2016,
see Planning Portal link for details:
Planning Portal
The Diversion Order requires certification and will not come into force until all work has been completed

Turvey Part of Bridleway No 12 Diversion Order 2016
Report - (pdf 29kb)
Appendix 1 - plan (pdf 340kb)
Appendix 2 - architects plan (pdf 731kb)
Determined 10 December 2016 as per Recommendations

notice
(pdf 10kb)

map
(pdf 304kb)

15/01/2016

08/03/2016

Confirmed by Bedford Borough Council on 18/03/16

The Diversion Order requires certification and will not come into force until all work has been completed

Riseley
Footpath No 70
Creation Order 2006

753n

752-3m

17/03/06

02/05/06

Objections Received

Information correct as at 05/10/2017