Local Authorities

We offer the following services to local authorities:

  • Advocacy at rights of way public inquiries – both for definitive map modification orders and public path orders.
  • Case submission to the Planning Inspectorate.
  • Expert witness work for inquiry and court, including investigation of the status of roads and determination of the width or roads and rights of way.
  • Investigation of Modification Order applications and other definitive map casework
  • Support for staff in the absence of key team members, and mentoring trainees.
  • Training for staff, members and volunteers.

Sue Rumfitt Associates is an established independent practice, which has worked with local authorities for over 28 years.  Principal consultant Sue Rumfitt comes from a local authority background having worked for both district and county councils and we have a clear understanding of the needs of local authorities in rights of way work.

Examples of the work we have successfully completed include:

  • Definitive map modification order case work for amongst others Rutland Council and Cambridgeshire County Council.
  • Expert witness work for court proceedings for Cambridgeshire County Council and at inquiries for Cheshire West and Chester and Wokingham Borough Councils.
  • Advocacy at public inquiries for local authorities including: Cambridgeshire County Council (including a Public Path Creation Order), Mid Bedfordshire District Council (Town and Country Planning Act Order for a controversial major development), and City of York Council (a School Security Order).
  • Advice on variation orders leading to the successful completion of a Highways Act Variation Order for Ashford District Council.
  • Advice on rail crossing diversion and extinguishment orders for Bedford Borough Council.

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