West Berkshire Council

Public Rights of Way - Legal Order Priority Work List

Cases prioritised for investigation this year

Two types of Legal Order can affect Public Rights of Way (PROW) - Definitive Map Modification Orders and Public Path Orders.

  • Definitive Map Modification Orders are made to update the legal record of public rights of way. We have a duty to accept and investigate applications for these Orders, and are obliged to make an Order if there is sufficient evidence to support such an application.
  • Public Path Orders may be made to divert, extinguish or create public rights of way.  We have no duty to make these Orders, only a discretionary power.  Public benefit (to path users) is an important consideration when deciding to accept one of these applications, and they may be turned down if there's insufficient evidence of this.

There's a limit to how many cases can be dealt with each year, and so we have to consider the usefulness and costs of each one - each April West Berkshire Council draws up a pdf icon priority work list [9kb] for the year ahead.

Older applications are generally dealt with first, although we may occasionally decide to prioritise cases - for example if there'll be a benefit to path users.

Who To Contact

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

01635 503251