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30 March 2015  This has now had Royal Assent.

An extract of this immense Act which contains, we think, all the sections relevant to rights of way is here.

The full text is here.

We expect to be commenting on it in 2016 when the regulations are taking shape.

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The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins, who had trained as a lawyer.

Contents  (Note: the law here refers to England and Wales only)
1    Ownership of Paths     Surface, 'Spits' & Toilets

2    'Creation' and 'Creation'     Making public paths public

3     Widths  How wide is a path?

4     Link to path structures:  Gap Gate and Stile, which has some legal content.

5     Structures in orders - an inspector's view


7     Maintenance of structures, whose job?

8     Link to 'Hoogstraten' appeal court judgment  Nov 2002

9     The use of Common Law for Abatement

10   Link to Planning Inspectorate

11   The CROW Act 2000     Full text on this site

12   'Significantly interferes' The Kidner case