CLA71 – Preventing the creation of public rights of way

This handbook deals with a little-known, yet long-standing, provision of law: the ability to prevent the creation of new public rights of way by lodging – with highway authorities – maps, statements and declarations establishing the existence and status of public rights of way across land. The lodging of such material serves to prevent the creation of new public rights of way through the process of “deemed dedication”.

The handbook covers:

  • how public rights of way are created – the legal background;
  • the provisions, limitations and usefulness of Section 31(6) of the Highways Act 1980;
  • how to prevent land being registered as a town or village green;
  • step-by-step guides for landowners in both in England and Wales on how to satisfy the provisions set out in the legislation;
  • dealing with user reactions;
  • an alternative to Section 31(6) of the Highways Act 1980 (i.e. the erection of signs);
  • considerations for intending property purchasers;
  • establishing permitted paths and complying with the Equality Act 2010.

To order this handbook:

telephone 020 7235 0511 – please have your membership and credit card numbers to hand;

or

write to CLA, 16 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8PQ enclosing a cheque made payable to CLA.

Price for members: £36 - Price for non-members: £136