Patchetts Green Bridleways Trust
 PG: OBJECTS: EDUCATION: Schedule 14 Appeal

Applications to record paths on the definitive map of rights of way have to be made in accordance with Schedule 14 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

If the surveying authority (the unitary authority or county council, as appropriate) turns down the application for an order modifying the definitive map and statement, the applicant has the right of appeal to the Secretary of State.

Appeals are handled by the National Rights of Way team located at the Government Office for the North East, on behalf of the Secretary of State.

The Secretary of State can direct that the surveying authority makes an order modifying the map. The decision is made after an exchange of written representations between the appellant and the council. Once the order is made, there is no obligation on the council to support it, and in some circumstances, councils have been known to object to orders that they were compelled to make, against their wishes.

The decision in a Schedule 14 appeal does not compel the Secretary of State to come to the same conclusion if he has to determine an order that has attracted objections under the Schedule 15 process.

Schedule 14 appeals have been successful for the following local cases:

A restricted byway in Bushey Bushey 36 is a Restricted Byway
Photograph courtesy Chris Beney (2006)

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