Use this form and guidance when applying to close or divert a highway.
You should use this form and guidance if you need to apply for an order to close or divert a highway. Orders under sections 247 and 248 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 allow the stopping up or diverting of highways to allow for development. The highways involved must include an all-purpose highway (or a part of one). If that is the case then the order may also include footpaths, bridleways or cycle tracks.
If the order is only for footpaths, bridleways or cycle tracks then a request should be made to the local highway authority.
The Secretary of State for Transport will need either a full planning permission or valid planning application to progress an application and must be satisfied that there is justification for the stopping ups. The applicant should provide:
- a copy of the approved or proposed site layout plan
- a copy of the planning permission or application
- a completed application form