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Rights of way Improvement Plan

The Rights of Way Improvement Plan sets out the vision and strategy for improving the footpaths, bridleways and byways throughout the Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole area for 2023 to 2040.

A public consultation was carried out on the draft improvement plan, and we have taken into consideration the feedback received from our statutory consultees and the public.

The Rights of Way Improvement Plan has been approved by Cllr. Mike Greene, the Portfolio Holder for Finance, Net Zero and Transport.

View the Officer Decision record.

View the Rights of Way Improvement Plan.

Countryside and Rights of Way Act

The Countryside and Rights of Way Act (CROW) sets a deadline of 2031 to record Rights of Way based only on pre-1949 evidence on the Definitive Map.

The Ramblers and Open Spaces Society have worked with BCP Council to provide survey information to inform the work to complete the Definitive Map and Statement. Rights claims (where a path or way has been used for 20 years as of right under statute law or less under common law) will continue past the 2031 deadline.