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Ribble Valley Borough Council

Rights of Way Affected by a Planning Application


Thousands of people use the Ribble Valley every year as a place of recreation to enjoy their right of walking, riding or cycling through some of the most beautiful countryside in England and Rights of Way play an extremely important role in providing access to the countryside.

Therefore, developers and landowners should respect their legal obligations to keep rights of way unobstructed and acknowledge the importance of the rights of way network to visitors and residents alike.

The countryside is also a place of work providing employment for many people in farming, forestry and other land based industries and visitors must also recognise the interests of those earning their living from the land.

The purpose of this guidance document is to safeguard the rights of way network affected by planning applications.  It elaborates on the policies included in the District Wide Local Plan as well as the Department of the Environment Circular 2/93 [in particular Annex D- Public Rights of Way and Development].

 Public Right of way diversion orders

  1. You are here: Introduction
  2. Aims and Objectives
  3. Legislation
  4. Policy
  5. Procedure
  6. Reminder