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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, email Highways.Helpdesk@bedford.gov.uk.

Link to Archived Public Path Orders 

Current Path Orders

Path and
Nature of Order

Notice PDF

Map PDF

Order Made On

Objection Period Ends

Current Status

Bedford (Former Excluded Area) Public Right of Way on Foot
 between Maitland Street and Costin Street)
HA Extinguishment Order 2020

Maitland Street/ 
Costin Street
Notice


HAE107 - Order

Maitland Street/ 
Costin Street
Map

29/07/2020

04/09/2020

Ravensden: Parts of Footpath Nos 45 and 9
HA Diversion Order 2020

Ravensden:
Part FP Nos 45, 9
Notice


HAD055G - Order

Ravensden:
Part FP Nos 45, 9
Map

29/07/2020

04/09/2020

Renhold: Part of Footpath No 39
HA Diversion Order 2020

Renhold: 
Part of Footpath No 39
Notice


HAD106 - Order

Renhold: 
Part of Footpath No 39
Map

29/07/2020

04/09/2020

Colmworth: Part of Footpath No A2
HA Diversion Order 2020

Colmworth: Part of
Footpath No A2 Notice

HAD061-Order

HAD061-Order confirmed

Colmworth: Part of
Footpath No A2 Map

25/06/2020

07/08/2020

Order confirmed 19/08/20

The order will not come into operation until it has been certified

Riseley: Part of Footpath No A17
HA Diversion Order 2020

Riseley: Part of
Footpath No A17 Notice


HAD099-Order

Riseley: Part of
Footpath No A17 Map

27/05/2020

07/08/2020

Brickhill: Parts of Footpath No 19 and Bridleway No 23
HA Diversion Order 2020

Brickhill: Parts of Footpath No 19 and Bridleway No 23
Made Notice


HAD104-Order

Brickhill: Parts of Footpath No 19 and Bridleway No 23
Map

27/05/2020

07/08/2020

Bromham: Part of Footpath No 9
TCPA Diversion Order 2020

Bromham: Part of Footpath No 9 Confirmed  Notice

Bromham: Part of Footpath No 9 Map

06/02/2020

13/03/2020

Order confirmed 08/04/20

The order will not come into operation until it has been certified

Harrold: Footpath No 10
HA Creation Order 2020

Harrold: Footpath No 10 Notice

Harrold: Footpath No 10 Map

23/01/2020

28/02/2020

Harrold: Footpath No 11
HA Extinguishment Order 2020

Harrold: Footpath No 11 Notice

Harrold: Footpath No 11 Map

23/01/2020

28/02/2020

Objection received
 

Colmworth: Part of Footpath No A2

HA Diversion Order 2019

Colmworth: Part of Footpath No A2 Notice

Colmworth: Part of Footpath No A2 Map

04/12/2019

15/01/2020

Order withdrawn 21/05/2020
 

Staploe: Parts of Footpath Nos 8 and 8A
HA Diversion Order 2019

Staploe: Parts of Footpath Nos 8 and 8A Notice

Staploe: Parts of Footpath Nos 8 and 8A Map

06/03/2019

12/04/2019

Order confirmed 03/05/19

The order will not come into operation until it has been certified

Podington: Part of Footpath Nos 7 and 8
HA Diversion Order 2018

Podington: Part of Footpath Nos 7 and 8 Notice

Podington: Part of Footpath Nos 7 and 8 Map

12/12/2018

08/02/2019

Objections received

Order sent to Planning Inspectorate for determination 22/08/2019

Kempston Rural: Part of Footpath No 14
HA Diversion Order 2018

Kempston Rural: Part of Footpath No 14 Notice

Kempston Rural: Part of Footpath No 14 Map

12/12/2018

08/02/2019

Objections received

Order sent to Planning Inspectorate for determination 25/07/2019

 Public Hearing on the 02/09/2020 - TBC

Information correct as at 07/09/2020