Claiming and creating new routes

Other evidence based changes can be made under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. All such claims based on evidence are processed as part of the Definitive Map Review, which is undertaken by Essex Legal Services, who can be contacted for more information.

Creating a Public Right of Way

The Definitive Map is a record of Public Rights of Way (PRoW) that already exists. New Public Rights of Way are added to the existing network following a successful application. The creation of all new Public Rights of Way is discretionary, and Essex Highways has no legal obligation to create new Public Rights of Way. However, the creation of new public footpaths, bridleways and byways is central to the Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP) which can be downloaded from the box below.

For further information about the creation of new public rights of way, contact highwayrecords@essexhighways.org or call 0345 603 7631.

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