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Updating the Definitive Map and Statement

Bridgend County Borough Council, as the surveying Authority, is obliged to undertake a continuous review of the Definitive Map and Statement for Bridgend. In practice, this involves a periodic update of the Definitive Map and Statement reflecting the changes that have taken place since the last review. These changes can occur through different processes called Public Path Orders or Modification Orders.

The manner in which these changes may occur is random, with applications arising throughout the County Borough, and can be generally described as a 'reactive process' on the part of the County Borough Council as it reacts to the proposals submitted to it.

What will the Review include?

Errors and omissions fall into several categories that would generally be referred to as 'map anomalies'.  Examples of these would include paths that abruptly end at community boundaries; paths that have missing links whereby they stop short of connecting to an existing highway; paths recorded incorrectly, for example, a path being recorded as a footpath when it should have been recorded as a bridleway; or that shouldn't have been recorded as public path; or were not recorded at all.  The review will also investigate whether any new paths have come into existence which would also need to be recorded.

What will the Review exclude?

The review will not be seeking to divert or extinguish paths purely on the grounds of convenience.  In these circumstances, the Public Path Orders process would be the correct procedure to follow.

Will the completion of the Review prevent any further claims?

Although it is anticipated that at the end of the Review, the Rights of Way Network will be up to date, if further evidence should come to light then other changes may be investigated and carried out.  The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CRoW) has provided a cut off date of 1st January 2026 for any further historic claims based on documentary evidence. However, new Public Rights of Way are also acquired through presumed dedication which normally involves un-interrupted public use of a Way over a period of 20 years.


Last Updated: 16/07/2013
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