Local Authority need not show intention to build on all parts of land being compulsorily purchased under the Act. The object of section 89 was to allow a local authority to purchase land which was unsightly, neglected or derelict to put it to use. The authority’s proposed use was to clear and stabilise the area … Continue reading Thomas v Secretary of State for Wales and Another: QBD 13 Mar 1996
The House considered the status of a pedestrian right of way through a caravan site to a beach, and the 1949 Act: ‘The sections which follow section 27 deal with the further steps which have to be taken before the definitive map is completed and published. They provide an elaborate procedure for enabling representations or … Continue reading Suffolk County Council v Mason: HL 1979
The court considered the nature of the 1949 Act: ‘The object of the statute is this: it is to have all our ancient highways mapped out, put on record and made conclusive, so that people can know what their rights are. Our old highways came into existence before 1835. They were created in the days … Continue reading Regina v Secretary of State for the Environment ex parte Hood: CA 1975
Challenge to order confirming path of road. Citations:  EWHC Admin 802 Links: Bailii Statutes: National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Land Updated: 31 March 2022; Ref: scu.138923
The appellant challenged by case stated a refusal of the Crown Court to order removal of a gate which he said obstructed a public footpath. The land-owner had persuaded the magistrates that the gate was not on the line of the footpath. The claimant said the finding of fact was perverse. Held: There was clear … Continue reading Ernstbrunner v Manchester City Council and Another: Admn 16 Dec 2009
Presumption of dedication dates back. The claimant tripped over a tree root raising a path in the park. The court was now asked whether the pathway through a public park, but which was not a public right of way, was maintainable at public expense as a highway governed by the 1980 Act. Held: As to … Continue reading Barlow v Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council: CA 1 Jun 2020
The Claimants say this case raises an important legal issue. ‘Can a public body which in law is not a National Park, represent itself (and allow itself to be represented) as a National Park and thereby to enjoy the benefits of National Park status despite the fact that that authority has decided to cease to … Continue reading Harris and Another, Regina (on The Application of) v Broads Authority: Admn 12 Apr 2016
The claimants, who promoted responsible motorsports challenged the defendant’s Traffic Regulation Order banning vehicular traffic on certain unsealed roads in the Dales, saying that there was nothing to show that the relevant committee had taken . .
The applicant had sought to have included in the definitive map, a local footpath, and now challenged refusal to include it.
Held: A public right of way may be created by dedication or it may be deemed after actual use by the public over . .
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The applicant challenged a refusal to confirm a draft order recognising a road used as a path as a byway open to all traffic.
Held: The challenge succeeded. The path had been shown under the 1948 Act as a road used as a public path. The . .
The court considered the effect of a reclassification of a road under the 1968 Act.
Held: Reclassification as a bridleway left open the possible existence of public vehicular rights since the 1968 Act had left the effect of the proviso in . .