West Berkshire Council

Public Path Orders

Legally diverting, creating or removing Public Rights of Way

Public Rights of Way (PROWs) are protected by law.  In order to create, divert or remove ("extinguish") a PROW, a Public Path Order needs to be made.

Public Path Orders need to be made by West Berkshire Council - they can't be made by individuals.  We have a discretionary power to make these Orders, but would do so only after careful consideration and consultation.  Changing, creating or extinguishing a PROW is a long and complicated process, that has to meet a number of specific pdf icon legal criteria [6kb]

Public Path Orders can be opposed by different groups as part of the consultation process.  If this happens, the Order is referred to the Planning Inspectorate for a decision.

New cases need to be scheduled alongside Definitive Map Modification Orders and any other existing Public Path Orders.  We publish a priority work list to show the sequence in which we'll consider the cases.

We're also required to publish Public Rights of Way Notices on any current legal cases.

If you have any questions about Public Path Orders please contact the Definitive Map Officer.

Who To Contact

For enquiries about the Definitive Map for Public Rights of Way in West Berkshire

01635 503251