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Structures Policy and Specifications

Structures Policy and Specifications

In the Lake District National Park we try and make as much of our furniture (gates and so on) as accessible as possible to as many people as possible.  This is known as 'Least Restrictive Access'.

Our policy and guidance can be downloaded here

Structures - LDNPA adopted policy

Our approved drawings and specifications for gates, stiles and other furniture is here

Structures including specifications and drawings

New Gates (or stiles)

New gates across footpaths, bridleways, and restricted byways are allowed - but only if authorised by us under section 147 of the Highways Act 1980. We can only authorise new gates on agricultural or forestry land, and then only for the purposes of preventing the movement of stock to aid agricultural or forestry efficiency.  We have no power to grant authorisations for new gates in gardens, across lonnings, or other similar land.

We rarely grant authorisation for new stiles unless there are exceptional circumstances.  If you are considering putting new gates (where there isn't one currently) pleas contact Nick Thorne on 01539 792621 or

Decisions on authorising new structures are taken under delegated powers.  Under the Openness of Government Regulations 2014 we publish all these decisions which can be seen here (add link to Openness of Government page)