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Landowner statements and declarations

A new right of way over any land which has been used and enjoyed by the public uninterrupted for a full period of 20 years can be deemed to be dedicated as a highway unless the landowner has clearly demonstrated that they did not intend such an outcome.

What can a landowner do to prevent a claim?

It is possible for landowners to protect themselves from subsequent claims that a public path has come into being by deemed dedication by making a deposit under Section 31 of the Highways Act 1980. Under the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 statements can now be made in respect of a Right of Way, or a town and village green or a Statement which covers both.

The statements will need to be renewed every 20 years. Any deposit/declaration made prior to 1 October 2013 will be valid for the ten year period only as cited in the 'Dedicated Highways (Registers under Section 31A of the Highways Act 1980) (England) Regulations 2007.

Highway Statement or Declaration

For rights of way, under section 31(6) of the Highways Act 1980, landowners can deposit a statement and map acknowledging which ways (if any) they admit to having been dedicated as highways. This challenges the public’s use of any other way(s). A Landowner may then within 20 years of the original statement and map, lodge a formal declaration to the effect that no additional way(s) has been dedicated. Such a declaration will be sufficient evidence to negate the intention to dedicate additional ways as highways.

Landowner statement

Landowner statements apply specifically to greens. For land which has been subject to recreational use without force or permission, landowners may now deposit a statement and map the effect of which is to interrupt such a period which brings an end to the recreational use ‘as of right’ – meaning without force, secrecy or permission. A Landowner may then within 20 years of the original statement and map, lodge a formal declaration to the effect that it will again interrupt any such recreational use.

Statements for land within the Borough are held by Bedford Borough Council. It cannot accept applications for land outside that area. If you want to make statements for such land we can advise you who to contact in neighbouring authorities.

Form CA16 which is the new application form to be used can be downloaded (see link below). You will also need to enclose a map showing the land that is the subject of the deposit and details of the ownership of the land. A fee of £262.70 is chargeable (which includes up to five site notices but only apply for Statements relating to Greens Part D of Form CA16).

For further information please call on 01234 228924.

On completion please send to:

Bedford Borough Council
Highways, Room 436
4th Floor, Borough Hall
Cauldwell Street
Bedford MK42 9AP

Register of Statements and Declarations made under the Highways Act 1980 Section 31

Addington – Birchfield Farm
Parish of Great Barford, Declaration dated 29/05/2012, expires May 2022

Alington – Little Barford Estates, The Creakers
Parish of Little Barford, Declaration dated 15/07/2011, expires July 2021

Arnold White Estates – Broadmead Farm - TL02561 43897
Parish of Stewartby, Declaration dated 25/08/2016, expires August 2036

Ball
Parishes of Cople and Willington, Declaration dated 11/03/2011, expires March 2021

Banks R L – Little Staughton Farms - TL045 649, TL082 629, TL097 624, TL132 600
Parishes of Bolnhurst & Keysoe, Little Staughton, Riseley and Staploe, Declaration dated 02/10/2017, expires October 2037

Barcock – Clapham Estate
Parish of Clapham, Declaration dated 16/02/2009, expires February 2019

Barcock – Tinsley Estate, TL026 537, TL032 534, TL040 535, TL042 526
Parish of Clapham, Declaration dated 07/02/2019, expires February 2039

Bassett – Top Farm, Firs Farm
Parish of Kempston Rural and Stagsden, Declaration dated 11/11/2009, expires November 2019

Bedfordia
Parishes of Bedford, Biddenham, Bletsoe, Bromham, Clapham, Kempston Rural, Kempston Urban, Knotting and Souldrop, Milton Ernest, Oakley, Odell, Ravensden, Sharnbrook and Thurleigh
Declaration dated 24/06/2010, expires June 2020

Bewick Homes – TL103 489
Parish of Cople, Declaration dated 18/05/2016, expires May 2036

Biddenham Estate
Parishes of Bedford, Biddenham and Great Denham, Declaration dated 16/01/2014, expires January 2034

Blakely – Oak Farm
Parish of Dean and Shelton, Declaration dated 11/04/2013, expires April 2023

Brightman
Parishes of Colmworth and Staploe, Declaration dated 12/09/2013, expires September 2023

Britton – Thursdays Farm
Parish of Felmersham, Declaration dated 16/05/2012, expires May 2022

Brodie – TL0569
Parish of Dean & Shelton, Declaration dated 17/11/2016, expires November 2036

Bromborough Estate
Parishes of Odell, Podington, Wymington, Declaration dated 29/06/2018, expires June 2038

Bullock P M – TL038 633
Parish of Riseley, Declaration dated 12/10/2013, expires October 2033

Cartwright – Circle C Farm
Parish of Kempston Rural, Declaration dated 08/02/2011, expires February 2021

Chamberlain - Odell Great Wood – SP598 590
Parish of Odell, Declaration dated 24/04/2017, expires April 2037

College Farm
Parish of Eastcotts, Declaration dated 01/08/2011, expires August 2021

Church Commissioners – Wollaston Estate Harings Farm
Parishes of Melchbourne and Yielden and Riseley, Declaration dated 17/01/2013, expires January 2023

Collings – SP960 564
Parishes of Carlton and Chellington and Felmersham, Declaration dated 01/01/2019, expires January 2039

Crown Estate Commissioners – TL009 465, TL004 458, TL011 461, TL013 466, TL015 455
Parishes of Kempston Rural and Wootton, Declaration dated 05/06/2016, expires June 2036

Davison Messrs E F and M J – TL119 512, TL117 528
Parish of Great Barford, Declaration dated 08/04/2015, expires April 2035

Finston – The Old Rectory
Parish of Pertenhall, Declaration dated 25/11/2018, expires November 2038

Flynn
Parish of Renhold, Declaration dated 12/05/2010, expires May 2020

Frossell – Wood End Farm, Fishers
Parishes of Kempston Rural and Wootton, Declaration dated 28/02/2012, expires February 2022

Gibson R A – Bell Farm – TL126 556
Parishes of Colmworth, Wilden, Wyboston Chawston and Colesden, Declaration dated 27/05/2016, expires May 2036

Haygate – Harrold Estates
Parish of Harrold, Declaration dated 16/01/2009, expires January 2019

Haynes Park Estate (Trustees of Satsang Beas) – TL0723 4249
Parish of Wilstead, Statement dated 16/05/2017, expires May 2037

Heppelthwaite – Mill Farm – TL047 644
Parish of Riseley, Declaration dated 11/12/2015, expires December 2035

Hollis R – SP949 649
Parish of Wymington, Statement dated 25/10/2017, expires October 2037

Hopperton - TL106 631, TL093 650, TL84 657
Parish of Little Staughton and Pertenhall, Statement dated 19/03/2018, expires March 2038 

Horseford – Lodge Farm
Parish of Dean and Shelton, Declaration dated 05/01/2011, expires January 2021

Ibbett
Parishes of Bletsoe, Bromham, Clapham, Felmersham, Kempston Urban, Knotting and Souldrop, Milton Ernest, Pavenham, Riseley, Sharnbrook, Wyboston Chawston and Colesden
Declaration dated 24/06/2010, expires June 2020

Johnson – Hill View Farm
Parishes of Colmworth and Wymington, Declaration dated 18/07/2010, expires July 2020

King-Harman – SP997 589
Parish of Felmersham and Sharnbrook, Declaration dated 31/07/2015, expires July 2035

Knights L – TL0258 7875
Parish of Bletsoe, Declaration dated 05/02/2017, expires February 2037

Knuffel
Parishes of Dean and Shelton and Sharnbrook, Declaration dated 17/07/2013, expires July 2023

Le Fanu A J – TL104 504, TL105 513, TL102 498, TL071 599
Parishes of Renhold and Keysoe, Declaration dated 18/10/2016, expires October 2036

Markham – Eastwood Riseley Farms Ltd – TL038 616
Parishes of Bletsoe and Riseley, Declaration dated 22/09/2016, expires September 2036

Markham/Le Fanu – TL114 505, TL042 624, TL125 541
Parishes of Renhold, Riseley and Colmworth, Declaration dated 18/10/2016, expires October 2036

Markham – Joyce & Sons Ltd – TL093 536, TL080 523, TL086 507
Parishes of Bedford and Renhold, Declaration dated 22/09/2016, expires September 2036

Marston Vale
Parishes of Cople, Eastcotts, Kempston Rural and Willington, Declaration dated 01/10/2013, expires October 2023

Marx – Vicarage Farm
Parish of Wilstead, Declaration dated 03/11/2010, expires November 2020

Maskell
Parish of Wilstead, Declaration dated 23/02/2011, expires February 2021

National Trust – Dovecote and Stables – TL 106 499
Parish of Willington, Declaration dated 02/01/2019, expires January 2039

Newman G – Astey Wood – SP989 485
Parish of Stagsden, Declaration dated 24/11/2015, expires November 2035

Northern
Parish of Kempston
Manor Farm – SP932 570, Declaration dated 11/05/2015, expires May 2035
Priory Farm – SP928 562, Declaration dated 08/05/2015, expires May 2035

Old Ford End Trust
Parishes of Biddenham and Great Barford, Declaration dated 24/07/2013, expires July 2023

Paynter – Rifle Range Farm, Town Farm
Parishes of Knotting and Souldrop, Melchbourne and Yielden, Declaration dated 01/06/2010, expires June 2020

Philips T K
Parishes of Eastcotts and Wilstead, Declaration dated 01/05/2012, expires May 2022

Porter – Wood End Farm
Parish of Cople, Declaration dated 14/05/2012, expires May 2022

Richter – Abbey Farm
Parish of Turvey, Declaration dated 25/09/2012, expires September 2022

Robinson
Parishes of Bletsoe, Felmersham, Milton Ernest and Sharnbrook, Declaration dated 20/03/2009, expires March 2019

Saunders
Parishes of Cople and Willington, Declaration dated 25/01/2013, expires January 2023

Saunderson – Wickey Farm
Parishes of Bolnhurst and Keysoe, Little Staughton, Declaration dated 14/02/2009, expires February 2019

Selley – Cherry Orchard Farm – TL509435 258972
Parish of Bolnhurst & Keysoe, Declaration dated 30/07/2016, expires July 2036

Shuttleworth Trust – Old Warden Estate – TL124 489
Parishes of Cople and Willington, Declaration dated 22/04/2015, expires April 2035

Sizer – Land north of the Old Rectory – TL0167SW
Parish of Melchbourne & Yielden, Declaration dated 18/07/2016, expires July 2036

Skinner – Bromham Park, Hall Farm
Parishes of Bromham, Declaration dated 11/02/2011, expires February 2021

Southill Estate
Parishes of Bedford, Cardington, Cople, Eastcotts, Elstow and Wilstead, Declaration dated 30/09/2013, expires September 2023

Southill Estate Trinity Trust
Parish of Cardington, Declaration dated 30/09/2013, expires September 2023

Squire
Parish of Staploe
Cottage Farm, Silver Birches – TL145 604, TL145 600, Declaration dated 01/11/2016, expires November 2036
Bassmead Manor – TL 150 602, TL143 615, Declaration dated 04/01/2016, expires January 2036

Stanbridge – Duck End Farm
Parish of Stevington, Declaration dated 30/07/2010, expires July 2020

St Albans Diocesan – SP 960 563
Parish of Carlton and Chellington, Declaration dated 24/09/2018, expires September 2038

St Albans Diocesan – SP951 652
Parish of Wymington, Declaration dated 17/06/2015, expires 10/07/2035

Thomas – Wood Farm
Parish of Wootton, Declaration dated 08/01/2010, expires January 2020

Turvey Estate
Parish of Turvey, Declaration dated 15/11/2011, expires November 2021

Unilever – Colworth Estate – SP973 600
Parishes of Knotting & Souldrop, Odell and Sharnbrook, Declaration dated 23/10/2014, expires October 2034

Vesely – Colmworth Golf Club
Parish of Colmworth, Statement dated 05/02/2019, expires February 2039

Wallis W
Parishes of Bletsoe and Riseley, Declaration dated 06/11/2009, expires November 2019

Wallis R – Top Farm
Parish of Dean and Shelton, Declaration dated 08/11/2010, expires November 2020

Ward
Parish of Bolnhurst and Keysoe, Declaration dated 07/03/2013, expires March 2023

Wildlife Trust
Parishes of Cople, Pavenham and Sharnbrook, Declaration dated 09/04/2013, expires April 2023

Woodland Trust
Parishes of Kempston Rural, Knotting and Souldrop, Swineshead, Declaration dated 07/03/2009, expires March 2019

Statements made under the Commons Act 2006 Section 15A


Banks R L – Little Staughton Farms - TL045 649, TL082 629, TL097 624, TL132 600
Parishes of Bolnhurst & Keysoe, Little Staughton, Riseley and Staploe, Statement dated 02/10/2017, expires October 2037

Bedfordia Farm Ltd
Parish of Kempston
Green End Road - TL013 473, Statement dated 09/10/2014, expires 2034
Church Fields and Cottage Fields - TL016 476, Statement dated 04/09/2014, expires 2034

Bewick Homes – TL103 489
Parish of Cople, Statement dated 05/04/2016, expires April 2036

Brodie – TL0569
Parish of Dean & Shelton, Statement dated 07/11/2016, expires November 2036

Bullock P M – TL038 633
Parish of Riseley, Statement dated 12/10/2013, expires October 2033

Collings – SP960 564
 Parishes of Carlton and Chellington and Felmersham, Statement dated 03/12/2018, expires December 2038

Davison Messrs E F and M J – TL119 512, TL117 528
Parish of Great Barford, Statement dated 08/04/2015, expires April 2035

Finston – The Old Rectory
Parish of Pertenhall, Statement dated 25/11/2018, expires November 2038

Gibson R A – Bell Farm – TL126 556
Parishes of Colmworth, Wilden, Wyboston Chawston and Colesden, Statement dated 26/05/2016, expires May 2036

Haynes Park Estate (Trustees of Satsang Beas) – TL0723 4249
Parish of Wilstead, Statement dated 16/05/2017, expires May 2037

Heppelthwaite – TL047 644
Parish of Riseley, Statement dated 02/12/2015, expires December 2035

King-Harman – SP997 589
Parish of Felmersham and Sharnbrook, Statement dated 21/07/2015, expires July 2035

Newman G – Astey Wood – SP989 485
Parish of Stagsden, Statement dated 19/11/2015, expires November 2035

Northern
Parish of Kempston
Manor Farm – SP932 570, Statement dated 20/04/2015, expires April 2035
Priory Farm – SP928 562, Statement dated 16/04/2015, expires April 2035

Selley – Cherry Orchard Farm – TL509435 258972
Parish of Bolnhurst & Keysoe, Statement dated 21/07/2016, expires July 2036

Shuttleworth Trust – Old Warden Estate – TL124 489
Parishes of Cople and Willington, Statement dated 02/06/2014, expires June 2034

Sizer – Land north of the Old Rectory – TL0167SW
Parish of Melchbourne & Yielden, Statement dated 18/07/2016, expires July 2036

Squire
Parish of Staploe
Cottage Farm, Silver Birches – TL145 604, TL145 600, Statement dated 04/01/2016, expires January 2036
Bassmead Manor – TL 150 602, TL143 615, Statement dated 04/01/2016, expires January 2036

Unilever – Colworth Estate – SP973 600
Parishes of Knotting & Souldrop, Odell and Sharnbrook, Statement dated 01/10/2014, expires October 2034

Correct as at 21/09/2018

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