Consultation outcome

Improvements to the policy and legal framework for public rights of way

This consultation was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This consultation has concluded

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Summary of responses

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Detail of outcome

We received a total of 323 responses to the consultation, along with a handful of related queries which were not responses in themselves.

Original consultation

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Summary

We sought views on a proposed package of changes to the processes for recording, diverting and extinguishing public rights of way.

Documents

Consultation response form (Microsoft Word)

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Consultation response form

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Consultation document

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Consultation letter

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Consultee list

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Impact assessment – Reforms to public rights of way in response to Penfold Review

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Impact assessment – Simplifying & streamlining rights of way procedures

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Impact assessment – An alternative solution to the ‘Right to Apply’ for extinguishments and diversions of rights of way

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Consultation description

We sought your views on a proposed package of changes to the processes for recording, diverting and extinguishing public rights of way.  Feedback will be used to inform Government decisions on whether and how to implement the various proposals for improvement as outlined in the following consultation document.

The consultation covered England only.  It is likely to have been of interest to all people who have an interest in public rights of way, including: landowners; local authorities; rights of way user representative bodies; and conservation bodies.

Three consultation stage impact assessments on the proposals for change have been prepared and are published alongside this consultation paper. 

The research report which provided some of the evidence on which the Impact Assessments were based is available on request from the Rights of Way Reform Team, Temple Quay House, 2 Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN.

We have also included a copy of the 2010 report by the Natural England Stakeholder Working Group on unrecorded rights of way, entitled:  ‘Stepping Forward’, which should be read in conjunction with our proposals.

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