SERVICES


For Local Authorities

With over 30 years’ experience in rights of way management, including 17 years leading a Rights of Way Team, I can offer knowledge and experience of Definitive Map processes, Public Path Orders, stakeholder liaison and policy development.

You may wish to employ me to:

  • Research and evaluate evidence for Definitive Map Modification Orders,
  • Carry out consultations on Modification or Public Path order applications,
  • Propose strategies for improving your network,
  • Work with local community and voluntary organisations to research the historic rights of way network in specific areas,
  • Carry out basic evidential tests on Section 53 applications,
  • Carry out complete or partial review of your Rights of Way Improvement Plan.

 

Contact me for an initial discussion

For Rights of Way User Groups

Do you need someone to:

  • Investigate the background to a threatened footpath?
  • Research and evaluate the historic evidence for a claimed route?
  • Coordinate an application to add a right of way to the Council’s records?
  • Collect and analyse user evidence to protect paths, ginnels and snickets used in your community?
  • Advise on, or co-ordinate a Lost Ways projects in preparation for the 2026 cut-off?
  • Provide illustrated talks on aspects of Public Rights of Way management and use?

I have worked closely with local and regional groups including the Ramblers, Sustrans, British Horse Society, and South Pennine Packhorse Trails Trust to prioritise and progress applications to update the Definitive Map and to develop strategies for local rights of way management, development and promotion.

Discounted fees are available for registered charities.

Please contact me for an initial discussion

For Community Organisations, and Parish Councils

A good local rights of way network can support initiatives for healthy car-free travel and provide opportunities for active recreation.  I have worked closely with local organisations, residents’ groups, and parish councils to record, protect and promote local walking and riding networks.  I can offer knowledge and experience of developing rights of way policies in regional, local and neighbourhood plans and can advise on ways to ensure your local network is properly recorded, protected and promoted.

Do you need someone to:

  • Assess your local rights of way network and propose strategies for improvements?
  • Investigate the background to a threatened footpath?
  • Coordinate an application to add a right of way to the Council’s records?
  • Research and evaluate the historic or user evidence for a claimed route?
  • Advise on, or co-ordinate a Lost Ways projects?
  • Provide illustrated talks on aspects of Public Rights of Way management and use?

Discounted fees are available for registered charities.

Please contact me for an initial discussion

For Landowners, Developers and Agents

As a public rights of way specialist, after over 30 years’ working inside local authorities and alongside landowners and rights of way users, I can offer detailed experience in negotiating rights of way issues.

I can help you to:

  • Ensure that you meet the requirements of legislation and regulations relating to public rights of way on your land.
  • Identify potential impacts on walkers and riders of your development proposals
  • Advise on minimising objections from walkers and riders,
  • Avoid delays to development caused by rights of way issues,
  • Make effective comments on applications made by users claiming new rights on your land.
  • Apply to the local authority for reasonable changes to the paths and bridleways on your land and ensure that it has the highest chance of success.
  • Recommend action to take to minimise chances of new claims for public rights on your land.

Contact me for an initial discussion

30 YEARS' EXPERIENCE IN RIGHTS OF WAY MANAGEMENT