The Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 requires the council to keep a register of landowner statements and declarations lodged under Highways Act 1980 and landowner statements lodged under the Commons Act 2006. Highway Act statements and declarations enable landowners to formally acknowledge public rights of way across their land and, in doing so, create a presumption that they have no intention to dedicate any further routes across their land. Commons Act statements allow a landowner to deposit a landowner statement accompanied by a map which brings to an end any period of recreational use 'as of right' over the land to which the statement and map relate.
To apply to the council to add a landowner statement or declaration to the register please download the Landowner Declaration register guidance note and application form and return to the council with the appropriate fee.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have also published specific guidance regarding landowner declarations. If you have any questions about the procedure please contact the Public Rights of Way Team.
There are two parts to the register, the first part contains details of all statements and declarations made under Section 31(6) Highways Act 1980. The second part contains details of landowners statements for the purposes of the Commons Act 2006.
View and download the register of declarations. For more details about each declaration and to obtain a copy of the lodged documents please contact the Public Rights of Way Team.