Definitive Map Modification Orders

Anyone may challenge the accuracy of the legal record provided by the Definitive Map

Anyone may challenge the accuracy of the legal record provided by the Definitive Map through an application for a “Modification Order”, under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981.

This may be to correct an omission of a path by adding it to the record, or deleting a path that was recorded in error. Applications may also upgrade or downgrade the recorded status of a path, or amend any other details in the legal record, such as those recorded in the Definitive Statement.

A Modification Order requires good evidence of an error to be provided, either by submitting statements from path users or others with local knowledge, or through the research of historical documents

It is recommended that anyone considering such an application should contact the Rights of Way Officer on 01443 866645 or 01443 866648, to discuss the procedure and likely timescale.

The application form, together with the evidence user forms , guidance notes and procedure notes can be downloaded by clicking on the publications links opposite.

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