Landowners can formally acknowledge public rights of way across their land and prevent any new paths from becoming public rights of way. This can be done under section 31(6) of the Highways Act 1980.
Cumbria County Council keeps a register of all current declarations within the county. https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/roads-transport/public-transport-road-safety/countryside-access/Defintivie_Map/Section_31_6_of_HA.asp
Declarations lodged after 1 October 2013 will be valid for 20 years. Any lodged before that date will be valid for 10 years, after which the declaration needs to be renewed.
It is a statutory requirement that the information must be made accessible to the public. See point 7 in our Section 31 deposit guidance notes (Word document) and the final page of Form CA16 Application Form (Word document).
Please send us your application if it is within the Lake District National Park.
Please either email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org
or by post to:
Lake District National Park Authority
Kendal LA9 7RL
No, Part D of Form CA16 refers to Town and Village Greens and so does not need to be completed for Section 31 deposits.
Legislation provides for a reasonable fee to be charged to cover the costs of processing such deposits. Our standard fee to accompany a deposit application is £170 plus VAT.
For larger applications which cover a greater area, or where there are a number of distinct parcels of land, please contact Sarah Blakemore, Rights of Way & Access Assistant email@example.com to discuss costs.
Town and village greens: how to register (opens in new window) which includes rights of way
Legislation for Statutory Instrument 2013 No. 1774 (opens in new window)