A Public Right of Way (other than a Byway Open to all Traffic) which appears on the Definitive Map and Statement can be diverted or extinguished by a legal process whereby a local authority makes a Public Path Order.
In Norfolk the majority of Public Path Orders,made under the Highways Act 1980, are processed by Norfolk County Council (the Council).
Public Path Orders made under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 are generally processed by the relevant District/Borough Council and are the appropriate means where a change is necessitated to implement a planning permission.
The Council has a power (and not a duty) to make Public Path Orders under sections 26, 118 and 119 of the Highways Act 1980. These orders, once confirmed, have the effect of permanently creating, extinguishing or diverting Footpaths, Bridleways or Restricted Byways respectively.
Before it decides to make an Order, the Council must be satisfied that the legal tests relevant to the particular type of Order can be satisfied.
A Council is under no obligation to make an Order. Extending this further, if the Council decides to make an order it is again under no duty to refer it to the Secretary of State for the Environment, should objections be received.
Before completing the form please check the Public Path Order Eligibility Tool which will advise you how to start this process.