Decision details

Forest Road to Ormonde Road, record unprotected footpath as a Public Right of Way (PRoW)

Decision Maker: Transportation Advisory Group, Cabinet

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To obtain permission to permit an Order to protect the path from Forest Road to Ormonde Road as a Public Footpath


RESOLVED that permission be granted to create an order to record the unprotected footpath as a Public Right of Way.

Voting: Unanimous

Portfolio Holder: Transport and Infrastructure


It is a legal duty for all surveying authorities to make and maintain a Definitive Map and Statement for their area, to continually survey the area for possible Public Rights of Way, and to make Orders upon the discovery of evidence that a Public Right of Way has arisen from long use. Public Rights of Way can come into being for various legal reasons, however most commonly it is through statutory inference of dedication. In plain terms, if a path has been walked by the public uninterrupted for a period of 20 years, and the use has been without force, without deception and without having been granted a specific express permission from the landowner, then they acquire a right to pass and repass.

Report author: Zak Cusens

Publication date: 31/07/2020

Date of decision: 29/07/2020

Decided at meeting: 29/07/2020 - Cabinet

Effective from: 08/08/2020

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