Definitive maps are a legal record of the public rights of way across England. It is conclusive evidence of a right of way, unless there has been a legally authorised change by a local highway authority.
The Appeals Process
We investigate appeals from anyone that failed to modify a right of way on a definitive map, and advise the Secretary of State on whether to direct an authority to make an order. Our role includes:
- collating documentary and/or witness evidence of past dedication and use of rights of way
- setting up an inquiry with the Planning Inspectorate to appraise the evidence
- making recommendations to the Secretary of State
Public Rights of Way Orders
Acting on behalf of the Secretary of State, we can stop or divert a public right of way, while considering a planning appeal, called-in planning application or compulsory purchase order. This allows the Secretary of State to call a joint public inquiry to deal with both matters at the same time.