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The Definitive Map and Statement

Excluded Area Project 2018

On Monday 20th August 2018 between 2pm and 6pm Bedford Central Library will be hosting an information stand on the top floor. Here you can speak to the Definitive Map Officers regarding the Excluded Area consultation project. We have identified 29 possible routes which could create a new Definitive Map for the urban area of Bedford. We would like to seek your views. If you are unable to visit on the day we are still interested in your views.
Please write to Andrew Burton, Definitive Map Officer, Rights of Way, Bedford Borough Council, 4th Floor Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford MK42 9AP
Or email
Andrew.burton@bedford.gov.uk



The Definitive Map and Statement for North Bedfordshire conclusively shows the legal position of footpaths, bridleways and Byways Open to All Traffic. The Map shows the routes of public rights of way and their status, whilst the Statement describes the route and any restrictions upon it.

Preparation of the map started in the early 1950's after the passing of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949. The Map is mainly based on surveys undertaken by parish councils and documentary evidence. Various stages Draft Map, Modified Draft Map and Provisional Map were followed before the Definitive Map for North Bedfordshire was published in May 1982.

Under the terms of the above Act urban areas could and were excluded from the survey that led to the production of The Definitve Map. The urban area of Bedford was excluded and this is detailed on The Definitive Map.

Since the map was first published it has been further consolidated. The consolidation process allows us to republish the maps on a modern Ordnance Survey base incorporating any changes that have been made to the network.

Definitive Map Timeline

  • Parish Council Survey                     Prior to April 1953 
  • Draft Map Published                       June 1953 
  • Modified Draft Map Published         October/November 1966 
  • Provisional Map Published              November 1977 
  • Definitive Map Published                 May 1982 
  • 1st Consolidated Definitive Map      December 1999 
  • 2nd Consolidated Definitive Map     January 2004 
  • 3rd Consolidation Definitive Map     February 2008
  • 4th Consolidation Definitive Map     December 2010
  • 5th Consolidation Definitive Map     December 2015

 

Correct as at 25/07/2018

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