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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 Archived Public Path Orders 

Current Path Orders

Path and
Nature of Order
Notice PDF Map PDF Order Made On Objection Period Ends Current Status

Podington: Part of Footpath No 14
HA Diversion Order 2019 

Podington: Part of Footpath No 14 Notice

Podington: Part of Footpath No 14 Map 

27/03/2019

03/05/2019

Ravensden: Parts of Footpath Nos 4 and 29
HA Diversion Order 2019

Ravensden: Parts of Footpath Nos 4 and 29 Notice

Ravensden: Parts of Footpath Nos 4 and 29 Map

06/03/2019

12/04/2019

Order confirmed 03/05/19

Order comes into force 01/06/19

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

Bedford (Former Excluded Area): Public Right of Way on foot between Western Street and Battison Street)
HA Extinguishment Order 2019
Bedford (Former Excluded Area): Public Right of Way on foot between Western Street and Battison Street) Notice Bedford (Former Excluded Area): Public Right of Way on foot between Western Street and Battison Street) Map 27/02/2019 12/04/2019

Thurleigh: Parts of Footpath Nos 10 and 15
HA Diversion Order 2019 

Thurleigh: Parts of Footpath Nos 10 and 15 Notice

Thurleigh: Parts of Footpath Nos 10 and 15 Map
 

21/01/2019

01/03/2019

Objections received

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

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

Stopping Up of Vehicular Rights over part of the UC6, Church Lane, Yielden
HA Section 116 application to Luton and South Bedfordshire Magistrates Court
Hearing on 05/02/2019

Stopping Up of Vehicular Rights over part of the UC6 Notice

Stopping Up of Vehicular Rights over part of the UC6 Map
 

22/01/2019

Order Granted by Luton and South Bedfordshire Magistrates Court 06/02/2019.
 The Order comes into force 06/02/2019

Little Staughton: Part of Footpath No 4
HA Diversion Order 2018

Little Staughton: Part of Footpath No 4 Notice

Little Staughton: Part of Footpath No 4 Map
 

25/10/2018

30/11/2018

Order confirmed 26/03/2019.

Order comes into force 03/04/2019.

Turvey: Part of Footpath No A6
HA Diversion Order 2018

Turvey: Part of Footpath No A6 Notice

Turvey: Part of Footpath No A6 Map

22/06/2018

27/07/2018

Objections received.
Order will be sent to Planning Inspectorate for determination in the new year.

Knotting and Souldrop: Part of Footpath No 2
HA Rail Crossing Diversion Order 2018

Knotting and Souldrop: Part of Footpath No 2 Notice

Knotting and Souldrop: Part of Footpath No 2 Map

22/03/2018

27/04/2018

Confirmed by Bedford Borough Council on 18/10/2018.
The Diversion Order requires certification and will not come into force until all work has been completed.

Turvey: Part of Footpath No A5
HA Diversion Order 2018

Turvey: Part of Footpath No A5 Notice

Turvey: Part of Footpath No A5 Map

16/03/2018

20/04/2018

Confirmed by Secretary of State 21/01/2019.

Certified 22/03/2019.

Order comes into force 22/03/2019.

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

Pertenhall and Little Staughton Notice
Creation

Pertenhall and Little Staughton Notice
Diversion

Pertenhall and Little Staughton Map

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

Kempston Rural: Part of Footpath No A3 Notice

Kempston Rural: Part of Footpath No A3 Map

19/02/2016

29/03/2016

Certified by Bedford Borough Council on 15/03/2019.

Order comes into force 15/03/2019.

Information correct as at 13/05/2019