1. When you can appeal

Your local council makes decisions about right of way applications.

You can appeal their decision if you applied to change the area’s ‘definitive map and statement’ and either:

  • you disagree with the decision - this is known as a ‘schedule 14 appeal’
  • your local council didn’t make a decision within 12 months - this is known as a ‘direction request’

You can’t appeal if:

  • the council approves a different use for the land, eg they make an order for a footpath when you applied for a bridleway
  • you didn’t submit your original application correctly, eg you didn’t notify landowners who might be affected by the change

There’s no fee for appealing.

Only the person who made the application can appeal. If you didn’t apply, you can comment on an appeal instead.

Deadline for appealing

You must appeal within 28 days of the date on the decision letter, or 12 months after you submitted the application if your local council hasn’t made a decision.

When you can expect a decision

Once your appeal is validated, you’ll normally get a decision within 26 weeks.