The Committee considered a report of the Interim Corporate Director of Regeneration and Local Services regarding a proposal to abandon the Durham County Council (Footpath at Stainton Grove) Public Path Diversion Order 2007. The Council’s Constitution required the Committee to formally resolve not to proceed with an Order which was determined by Committee in 2005, which subsequently attracted objections but was no longer required.
The Committee were informed that the matter was unusual, whereby a meeting of the Highways Committee in 2005 resolved to make a Diversion Order of an unrecorded public footpath at Stainton Grove, Barnard Castle, under the provisions of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, to enable the development of a Household Waste Recycling Centre in accordance with planning permission.
The Order was made in 2007 and received objections, but no further action was taken following a review of provision of Household Waste facilities in the area.
In 2019 the original site nearby was reopened following major improvements and the planning permission was no longer required. There were no grounds for diverting the footpath and Order was no longer required. Therefore, the matter was purely an administrative exercise to close the case which needed to be done in accordance with the Council’s Constitution and by the Committee.
Moved by Councillor J Shuttleworth, Seconded by Councillor J Turnbull
That the Committee agree to the formal abandonment of the Durham County Council (Footpath at Stainton Grove) Public Path Diversion Order 2007, under the provisions of section 257 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, and that the Corporate Director of Resources be informed accordingly.