Agenda item

Proposal to add an old road 'Nanny Poes Lane 'in Middlestone, to the Definitive Map and Statement of Public Rights of Way as a Public Bridleway - Joint Report of Corporate Director of Neighbourhoods and Climate Change and Corporate Director of Resources


The Committee considered a joint report of the Corporate Director of Neighbourhoods and Climate Change and the Corporate Director of Resources, which provided evidence gathered in support of an application to modify the Definitive Map and Statement of Public Rights of Way to add a Public Bridleway over an enclosed former road ‘Nanny Poes Lane’ (for copy see file of minutes).


The Definitive Map Officer confirmed that the application was for a public right of way with bridleway status which should have been placed on the map when it had been removed from the list of streets.  It was estimated to have been removed in the 1960’s although it could have been earlier as there was no definitive information.  Locals had used it as a bridleway and the Committee were being asked to agree to the rectification of the records.  There had been no objections to the proposal and the definitive map should be updated accordingly.


The Planning and Development Solicitor advised that this type of application was based on the documentary evidence provided, rather than historic use.


Councillor Boyes considered the application was straightforward however he queried the cost implications associated should the Highways Authority become responsible for maintenance.  The Access and Rights of Way Team Leader advised that 270 applications had been submitted with documentary evidence and all would be publicly maintainable.


The Definitive Map Officer added that these routes were in Middlestone, which got its name due to it having been a quarry area and these routes in particular were the easiest to maintain.  The main cost would be for signage.


Councillor Boyes suggested that it may be useful to have costs in the report in future, although it was acknowledged that this would not be a consideration for decision making.


Councillor Boyes moved the recommendation for approval seconded by Councillor Manchester.



That the Definitive Map Modification Order for the addition to the Definitive Map & Statement of a Public Bridleway between points A & B on the plan, known as Nanny Poes Lane, be agreed.

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