Objection had been made that a plan, used to register a right of way before it would disappear if un-registered, was to the wrong scale and that therefore the application was ineffetive.
Held: The Council’s appeal failed. The plan was too large a scale, and that could not invalidate the application. The only question is whether the maps were drawn to a scale of not less than 1:25,000. Maps drawn to a scale of 1:25,000 without making reference to an Ordnance Survey map would satisfy the statutory provisions, even if they contained only detail at a level provided by an Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 map.
Lord Sumption (dissenting) said that the reason a scale had been speificed was to ensure that an appropriate level of detail and accuracy was provided
Lord Neuberger, President, Lord Clarke, Lord Sumption, Lord Carnwath, Lord Toulson
 UKSC 18,  PTSR 411,  1 WLR 1406,  WLR(D) 160,  3 All ER 946, UKSC 2013/0153
Bailii, WLRD, Bailii Summary, SC, SC Summary
Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 67, Wildlife and Countryside (Definitive Maps and Statements) Regulations 1993, Highways Act 1980 130(1)
England and Wales
At first Instance – Trail Riders’ Fellowship and Another, Regina (on The Application of) v Dorset County Council Admn 2-Oct-2012
The claimants challenged rejection of five applications under section 5 of the 1981 Act for modification orders allowing the upgrade of routes to provide vehicular public rights of way. The applications had been submitted using digital mapping. The . .
Appeal from – Trail Riders Fellowship and Another, Regina (on The Application of) v Dorset County Council and Others CA 20-May-2013
The Fellowship had applied for orders upgrading public rights of way. The council rejected the applications saying that the digital mapping software used to repare the maps submitted were not compliant with the requirements of the legislation. They . .
Cited – Grant v Southwestern and County Properties Ltd ChD 1974
The court had to decide whether a tape recording fell within the expression ‘document’ in the Rules of the Supreme Court.
Held: The furnishing of information had been treated as one of the main functions of a document, and the tape recording . .
Cited – Regina v Secretary of State for Health ex parte Quintavalle (on behalf of Pro-Life Alliance) HL 13-Mar-2003
Court to seek and Apply Parliamentary Intention
The appellant challenged the practice of permitting cell nuclear replacement (CNR), saying it was either outside the scope of the Act, or was for a purpose which could not be licensed under the Act.
Held: The challenge failed. The court was to . .
Cited – Regina v Soneji and Bullen HL 21-Jul-2005
The defendants had had confiscation orders made against them. They had appealed on the basis that the orders were made more than six months after sentence. The prosecutor now appealed saying that the fact that the order were not timely did not . .
Cited – Winchester College and Another, Regina (on the Application of) v Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs CA 29-Apr-2008
The college appealed against modifications of definitive map to upgrade two footpaths to byways open to all traffic. The college was circled by footpaths which it wished to protect when the council constructed a new bypass.
Held: The College’s . .
Cited – Maroudas v Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Another Admn 9-Mar-2009
Application was to quash the decision of the Secretary of State, made by an inspector in May 2008 following a hearing, to confirm a modification order made in response to an application originally made under section 53(5). It had had several . .
Cited – Maroudas v Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs CA 18-Mar-2010
The claimant appealed against an order refusing his request to quash a footpath modification order. The request had not been signed as required.
Held: The appeal succeeded. ‘subject to the de minimis principle, an application must strictly . .
Cited – Inverclyde District Council v Lord Advocate 1981
An application for submission of details supporting an application for outline planning permission had been made within the time limit. However, following an inquiry the Secretary of State had indicated that approval would be appropriate in respect . .
Cited – Regina v Secretary of State for the Home Department Ex Parte Jeyeanthan; Ravichandran v Secretary of State for the Home Department CA 21-May-1999
The applicant had failed to comply with the Rules in not using the form prescribed for appliying for leave to appeal against a special adjudicator’s decision to the Immigration Appeal Tribunal. The application, by letter, included all the relevant . .
Cited – Oxfordshire County Council v Oxford City Council and others HL 24-May-2006
Application had been made to register as a town or village green an area of land which was largely a boggy marsh. The local authority resisted the application wanting to use the land instead for housing. It then rejected advice it received from a . .
Lists of cited by and citing cases may be incomplete.
Updated: 28 December 2021; Ref: scu.544351