Public path orders
A land owner or member of the public can apply to the council for a public path order to create, extinguish or divert a footpath, bridleway or restricted byway. Any application to alter an existing public right of way must meet the strict tests within the Highways Act 1980. This type of application should be used where the applicant considers that the right of way is correctly shown on the Definitive Map.
Alternatively, a member of the public, developer or quarry company may wish to divert or extinguish a footpath, bridleway or restricted byway if it is going to be affected by development (PDF 2.3MB) or mineral extraction. Any application to alter an existing public right of way for development or extraction must meet the tests within the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
Our Public Path Order application pack (PDF 1MB) explains the procedures to be followed, and the amount the applicant will be required to pay for the costs of council administration, advertising any orders made, any required works and any compensation payable.
If an error recording a public right of way is discovered, we will make a make a definitive map modification order to correct the Definitive Map and Statement.
Our DMMO application pack 2017 (PDF 1.6MB) contains forms and guidance notes and explains what you need to do if you believe a public footpath, bridleway, restricted byway or byway open to all traffic (BOAT) is omitted from the map, shown in the wrong place, or does not exist. The pamphlet Historical Public Rights of Way Research explains the types of evidence you may wish to investigate.
There is no charge for a definitive map modification order application.
All applications are recorded in the Council's Register of Modification Applications, and so your details will be in the public domain.