Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

Whatever your planning needs are when it comes to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, from footpaths, bridleways, Roads used as Public Paths (RUPPs), Byways Open to all Traffic (BOATs), and the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW) you can be confident that we have the experience to guide you through the process.

Rights of Way

Rights of Way are a relatively topical subject because the obligation to monitor and modify the Definitive Map held by the highway authority is bringing about a very large number of cases where objections are raised, and public inquiries are held. You may find that a proposed modification will affect your land, and you want help understanding how to make representations. Alternatively, you yourself may wish to apply for a modification.

We are pleased to advise in any situation that you would like to raise with us. We are very happy to appraise the particular circumstances, and advise whether they merit further action and, if so, at what expense. You can then make an informed decision as to whether and how you wish to proceed. Find out more about planning law in conservation areas.

How We Can Help You

We represent clients at public inquiries, putting forward objections to proposals to modify the Definitive Map, and presenting arguments in respect of existing or alleged abandonment of such rights. We also help clients who are seeking to advance their own modifications.

We predict that this area of legal concern will expand significantly. It is unlikely that successive governments will do other than encourage applications for footpaths etc. based upon the statutory provisions as well as the common law.

Can We Help You?

Please call us on 01634 811 118, complete our online enquiry form, or email our planning law expert Nicholas Kingsley-Smith.

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