Highways, Footpaths and Rights of Way

Several Landmark barristers have expertise and experience in these areas, on projects ranging from the largest motorway schemes to the smallest footpath cases. Barristers are regularly in action at development consent order examinations, at public inquiries or in court.  Regular clients include the Secretary of State, Highways England and highway authorities.  Many barristers are registered for Public Access instructions.  Cases include:

  • Petworth Road [2018] – proposal to divert bridleway away from drive of private dwelling;
  • Warren Farm [2017] – claimed public footpaths across land earmarked for Queens Park Rangers Football Club’s new training ground;
  • Harrow School [2017] – proposal to divert two public footpaths away from rugby pitches, football pitches and tennis courts;
  • M4 smart motorway [2015-16] – lengthy development consent order examination into £862m project to convert 50km of the M4 motorway into a smart motorway;
  • Port of Immingham [2014-15] – lengthy development consent order examination into A160/A180 road improvements in Lincolnshire;
  • Knutsford to Bowdon [2013-14] – lengthy development consent order examination into £212m project to construct new A556 dual carriageway road scheme in Cheshire;
  • Tonbridge to Pembury inquiry [2013-14] – lengthy public inquiry into proposal to dual 4km of the A21 in Kent;
  • Trail Riders Fellowship v Devon County Council [2013] – statutory High Court challenge to the validity of a traffic regulation order preventing the use of motor vehicles along a 370m stretch of a country road; and
  • Priors Marston [2011-12] – public inquiry into footpath extinguishment order made under section 118 of the Highways Act 1980.
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