More now so than ever, the use of public rights of ways in the countryside is increasing across the UK. With an estimated 140,000 miles of public footpaths in England and Wales, this can, on occasions, adversely affect landowners and farm tenants. With the different legislation and regulations governing the use of public rights of ways and highways, this can also sometimes lead to confusion for all parties involved.
If you are experiencing any issues with public access across your property, Batcheller Monkhouse can advise on the appropriate management solutions for you. To better safeguard against the creation of a new public right of way, we can also assist with the preparation of Highways and/or Landowners Statements and subsequent Declarations.
Whilst there are a number of methods to prevent the creation of new public right of ways, this can sometimes be challenged. We can act on behalf of clients to defend claims for new public access routes and Village Greens. In the case of a creating, diverting or extinguishing a public right of way, we can assist our clients in preparing a modification order.