When applying to close or divert highways applicants should use this form and refer to our guidance.
Orders under sections 247 and 248 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 allow the closing or diverting of highways to allow 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 would only be for footpaths, bridleways or cycle tracks then an order should be made to the local authority that grant planning permission under section 257 of the act.
The Secretary of State for Transport will normally need full planning permission 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 site layout plan to its true plan scale
- a copy of the planning permission
- an application form
In certain instances an outline planning permission may be enough to support an application. Before applying for an order in these circumstances, please establish with the order handling division whether your case meets the criteria.