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Definitive Map and Statement

October 19th, 2009  |  Published in Information

The Definitive Map and Statement was introduced by the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 as a statutory record for ‘public footpaths’ (footpaths and bridleways) and ‘roads used as public paths’ (RUPPs). When a way is shown in the Definitive Map then its existence as a public right of way is conclusive. The Definitive Map can be amended so that ways shown therein can be changed to another status, or removed, or additional ways can be added. There is a statutory process for all these changes and any such change requires evidence to support it. Read the rest of this entry »
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User Based Claims

September 25th, 2009  |  Published in Information

Many people with a claimed public right of way across their land are dealing with a claim based on use of the route by the public.

It is often (wrongly) stated that use of a route by the public for twenty years creates a public right of way.   This statement arises from an attempt to simplify what is a very complex area of highway law, an area that cannot be readily simplified down to one statement.   Read the rest of this entry »