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Rights of Way

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to identify and restore lost rights of way. (256496)

In the wake of the Discovering Lost Ways project, Natural England has formed a Stakeholder Working Group to bring together key interests nationally to agree a package of strategic reforms relating to unrecorded and other rights of way. These include any reforms the group considers would improve the system for processing claims and reduce unnecessary delay and bureaucracy.

The group is expected to report by the end of the year. We have undertaken not to commence the provisions of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 relating to the extinguishment of unclaimed historic rights of way from 2026 at least until the group has reported.