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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

Ravensden: Parts of Footpath No 11 and Thurleigh: Part of Footpath No 10

HA Diversion Order 2019

Ravensden: Parts of Footpath No 11 and Thurleigh: Part of Footpath No 10 Notice

Ravensden: Parts of Footpath No 11 and Thurleigh: Part of Footpath No 10 Map

11/09/2019

11/10/2019

Order confirmed 04/11/19. The order will not come into operation until it has been certified.

Harrold: Part of Footpath Nos. 4 and 7
HA Diversion Order 2019

Harrold: Part of Footpath Nos 4 and 7 Notice

Harrold: Part of Footpath Nos 4 and 7 Map

14/08/2019

20/09/2019

Order confirmed on 09/10/2019

Certified 21/11/2019

Order comes into force 21/11/2019

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

Order confirmed 10/07/19. The order will not come into operation until it has been certified

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

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

Order confirmed 11/09/19

Order comes into force 06/11/19

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

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 sent to Planning Inspectorate for determination.

Please see details as to Hearing which will take place on 26/11/2019

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.

Certified 12/07/2019.

Order comes into force 12/07/2019.

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.

Information correct as at 18/11/2019