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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 (Application Guidance notes)
  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

Wilden: Part of Footpath No A10
 HA Diversion Order 2021

Wilden: Part of Footpath No A10 Notice

HAD118 - Order

Wilden: Part of Footpath No A10 Map

09/09/2021 

15/10/2021


 

Wootton: Footpath No 10
HA Extinguishment Order 2021

Wootton: Footpath No 10 Notice

HEA123 - Order

Wootton: Footpath No 10 Map

09/09/2021 

15/10/2021


 

Thurleigh: Rights of Way at Park End Farm
HA S116 Magistrates Court Application

Thurleigh S116 Notice

Thurleigh S116 Map

Application to be heard in Luton on 07/10/2021 at 2pm

21/09/2021


 

Milton Ernest: Bridleway from 
Old Milton Road to BW No 7
HA Creation Order 2021

Milton Ernest: Bridleway Creation Notice

HAC 122 - Order

Milton Ernest: Bridleway Creation Map

16/06/2021

10/09/2021


 

Brickhill: Footpath No 9               
HA Extinguishment Order 2021

Brickhill: Footpath No 9 Notice

HAE117 - Order

Brickhill: Footpath No 9
Map

05/05/2021

11/06/2021


 

Bedford: Footpath between High Street and the rear of 8-10 Howard Street
Creation Order 2021
 

Bedford Footpath creation Notice

HAC112  - Order

Bedford Footpath creation Map

03/03/2021

23/04/2021


 

Kempston Urban: Part of Footpath No 4
Extinguishment Order 2021

Kempston Urban: Part of Footpath No 4
Notice


HAE112  - Order

HAE112 - Confirmed order

Kempston Urban: Part of Footpath No 4
Map

03/03/2021

09/04/2021

Order Confirmed
28/04/2021

Order in Force 
05/05/2021

Ravensden: Part of Bridleway No 42 HA Diversion Order 2020

Ravensden: Part of Bridleway No 42 Notice

HAD055F S119 - Order

Ravensden: Part of Bridleway No 42 Map

02/12/2020

15/01/2021


Objection Received

Ravensden: Parts of Footpath Nos 8 and 9 HA Extinguishment Order 2020

Ravensden: Parts of Footpath Nos 8 and 9 Notice

HAD055F S118 - Order

Ravensden: Parts of Footpath Nos 8 and 9 Map

02/12/2020

15/01/2021


Objection Received

Ravensden: Bridleway at Brook Farm
HA Creation Order 2020

Ravensden: Bridleway at Brook Farm Notice

HAD055F S26 - Order

Ravensden: Bridleway at Brook Farm Map

02/12/2020

15/01/2021


Objection Received

Ravensden: Part of Bridleway No 10 and Part of Footpath No 29 
HA Diversion Order 2020

Ravensden: Part of Bridleway No 10 and Part of Footpath No 29 Notice

HAD055E - Order

Ravensden: Part of Bridleway No 10 and Part of Footpath No 29 Map

02/12/2020

15/01/2021


Objection Received

Brickhill: Part of Footpath No 27
HA Extinguishment Order 2020

Brickhill: Part of Footpath No 27
Notice


HAE108 - Order

Brickhill: Part of Footpath No 27
Map

16/09/2020

30/10/2020

Objection received
Order submitted to Planning Inspectorate for determination

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

Objection received

 

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

Objection received
Order submitted to Planning Inspectorate for determination

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

Order unopposed
To be confirmed
 

Riseley: Part of Footpath No A17
HA Diversion Order 2020

Riseley: Part of Footpath No A17 Certified Notice

HAD099 - Order 

HAD099 - Order confirmed

Riseley: Part of
Footpath No A17 Map

27/05/2020

07/08/2020

Order confirmed 30/09/2020

Order in Force 02/08/2021

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

Objection received
Order to be submitted to Planning Inspectorate for determination

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

Podington: Part of Footpath Nos 7 and 8 Notice

HAD 083 Confirmed Order 

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

Confirmed by Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 29/01/2021. GOV.UK 

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

Information correct as at 17/09/2021