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Definitive Map

Rutland’s definitive map is a legal record of the public’s rights of way. It should show every public right of way in the county.  

If a way is shown on the map that is considered to be conclusive evidence that the public had those rights along the way at the relevant date of the map.  

The definitive statement is a written description of public rights of way and might provide extra details such as paths widths. 

The definitive map and statement are available for the public to inspect free of charge during office hours both in the council offices in Oakham and at Rutland libraries.

Challenging the Definitive Map

Anyone who thinks details on the Definitive Map or Statement are wrong can apply for a Definitive Map Modification Order (DMMO). 

I this application is confirmed we will amend the map and statement to make sure it is a correct.  The grounds for making a DMMO and the process we have to follow are described in Guidance published by Natural England.  

We also keep a register of applications to modify the definitive map.The data provided has been digitised from 1:10,000 Definitive Maps.  Using the data, for mapping, or in a GIS, at scales other than 1:10,000 may result in unpredictable results. You must not sub-licence, lend, transfer or otherwise dispose of the data or modify, alter, de-compile, reverse engineer, or disassemble the data.  The data is given without obligation or warranty and the accuracy cannot be guaranteed.  Rutland County Council accepts no liability of any kind whatsoever for any error or omission in the data.           

Move or close a path

A legal process has to be followed to close or divert a public right of way. 

Section 8 of this Guidance published by Natural England describes the process in detail. 

If you’re interested in making an application to close or divert a path, please contact us by emailing: rightsofway@rutland.gov.uk with ‘Public Path Order’ as the subject.  

The charge for making an application depends on the time it takes us to process, but is usually around £1,500, plus the cost advertising and any physical work required.