Surfaces of public rights of way are occasionally shared with private use for access to agricultural and residential properties. Landowners sometimes want to improve their access by changing the surface. If this affects the surface of the public right of way, you must seek our authorisation. Please contact us if you wish to discuss changing the surface of a public right of way. In the majority of cases we are responsible for the surface of public rights of way.
Who can use it?
Anybody can apply to change the surface of a public right of way as long as they have the written consent of all landowner(s) and third parties affected.
What happens next?
Your application will be investigated. If authorisation is granted we may impose conditions with regard to the type(s) of materials used, the future maintenance of the surface and/or associated drainage.
How long does it take?
Applications are usually determined within 4 to 6 weeks.
How much does it cost?
There is a charge of £90 for each route that is applied for.
Authorisation of changes to surfacing is covered in the Maintenance and Enforcement Policy.