There is coverage in the Guardian, FarmingUK, Horse & Hound and UK Hill Walking following the decision to retain the cut-off date for registering historic rights of way (HRoW). The decision provides much-needed certainty for landowners, local authorities and users – and reflects the original intention of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW). The cut-off date will also be extended from 1 January 2026 to 1 January 2031
We are also implementing reforms to how historic rights of way are recorded. As part of our reforms, local authorities will have more powers to reject weakly evidenced applications, ignore irrelevant objections, and agree on appropriate modifications directly with landowners. Local Authorities will also be able to correct obvious administrative errors through a significantly shortened process.
We want to promote responsible access, protect nature, and support those who work and live in the countryside – while streamlining the process.
The government has a firm commitment to providing better access to nature for all sections of society – and the Environmental Improvement Plan outlines our ambition to ensure that every household is within a 15-minute walk of a green space or water, creating more opportunities for people to connect with nature and enjoy its many benefits.
A Defra spokesperson said:
We are committed to increasing access to nature and our Environmental Improvement Plan sets out our ambition for every household to be within a 15-minute walk of a green space or water.
We are now moving forward with plans to reform the existing bureaucratic process and make it easier and faster to update the legal record of rights of way.
Comment by Sheila Greetham posted on
Shame on them. They lie and lie and lie…
Comment by Marlene Masters posted on
Before any more "plans" or "proposals" the De-Regulation Act should be implemented without any further delays or excuses....
Comment by Stella Hermoine Howell posted on
Fantastic to read this .....
committed to increasing access to nature and our Environmental Improvement Plan sets out our ambition for every household to be within a 15-minute walk of a green space or water.
Please where can I find more detail