CLA welcomes Natural England consultation on improving rights of way system

25 October 2013

The CLA has welcomed a rights of way consultation by Natural England that will enable land managers to put their legitimate concerns forward and cut red tape.

The Association has worked as part of the Stakeholder Working Group on Unrecorded Rights of Way, along with user organisations, which has produced Stepping Forward, a report to Natural England published today (14 May), kicking off the consultation process.

CLA President Harry Cotterell said: "This consultation marks the first stage in reducing the needless bureaucracy that plagues public rights of way. It is wholly unacceptable that it takes so many years for rights of way issues to be resolved. We welcome the report's recommendations that seek to improve the present incomprehensible procedures.

"If the report's recommendations are implemented, it should cut red tape, allow landowners to put forward legitimate concerns about rights of way and while making the system better and easier. They should also end the uncertainty for landowners and householders by removing any doubt about the 2026 cut-off date for reclaiming supposedly lost rights of way."