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53 Duty to keep definitive map and statement under continuous review.E+W

(1)In this Part “definitive map and statement”, in relation to any area, means, subject to section 57(3) [F1and 57A(1)],—

(a)the latest revised map and statement prepared in definitive form for that area under section 33 of the 1949 Act; or

(b)where no such map and statement have been so prepared, the original definitive map and statement prepared for that area under section 32 of that Act; or

(c)where no such map and statement have been so prepared, the map and statement prepared for that area under section 55(3).

(2)As regards every definitive map and statement, the surveying authority shall—

(a)as soon as reasonably practicable after the commencement date, by order make such modifications to the map and statement as appear to them to be requisite in consequence of the occurrence, before that date, of any of the events specified in subsection (3); and

(b)as from that date, keep the map and statement under continuous review and as soon as reasonably practicable after the occurrence, on or after that date, of any of those events, by order make such modifications to the map and statement as appear to them to be requisite in consequence of the occurrence of that event.

(3)The events referred to in subsection (2) are as follows—

(a)the coming into operation of any enactment or instrument, or any other event, whereby—

(i)a highway shown or required to be shown in the map and statement has been authorised to be stopped up, diverted, widened or extended;

(ii)a highway shown or required to be shown in the map and statement as a highway of a particular description has ceased to be a highway of that description; or

(iii)a new right of way has been created over land in the area to which the map relates, being a right of way such that the land over which the right subsists is a public path [F2or a restricted byway];

(b)the expiration, in relation to any way in the area to which the map relates, of any period such that the enjoyment by the public of the way during that period raises a presumption that the way has been dedicated as a public path [F3or restricted byway] ;

(c)the discovery by the authority of evidence which (when considered with all other relevant evidence available to them) shows—

(i)that a right of way which is not shown in the map and statement subsists or is reasonably alleged to subsist over land in the area to which the map relates, being [F4a right of way such that the land over which the right subsists is a public path [F5, a restricted byway] or, subject to section 54A, a byway open to all traffic];

(ii)that a highway shown in the map and statement as a highway of a particular description ought to be there shown as a highway of a different description; or

(iii)that there is no public right of way over land shown in the map and statement as a highway of any description, or any other particulars contained in the map and statement require modification.

(4)The modifications which may be made by an order under subsection (2) shall include the addition to the statement of particulars as to—

(a)the position and width of any public path [F6, restricted byway] or byway open to all traffic which is or is to be shown on the map; and

(b)any limitations or conditions affecting the public right of way thereover.

[F7(4A)Subsection (4B) applies to evidence which, when considered with all other relevant evidence available to the surveying authority, shows as respects a way shown in a definitive map and statement as a restricted byway that the public have, and had immediately before the commencement of section 47 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, a right of way for vehicular and all other kinds of traffic over that way.

(4B)For the purposes of subsection (3)(c)(ii), such evidence is evidence which, when so considered, shows that the way concerned ought, subject to section 54A, to be shown in the definitive map and statement as a byway open to all traffic.]

(5)Any person may apply to the authority for an order under subsection (2) which makes such modifications as appear to the authority to be requisite in consequence of the occurrence of one or more events falling within paragraph (b) or (c) of subsection (3); and the provisions of Schedule 14 shall have effect as to the making and determination of applications under this subsection.

[F8(5A)Evidence to which subsection (4B) applies on the commencement of section 47 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 shall for the purposes of subsection (5) and any application made under it be treated as not having been discovered by the surveying authority before the commencement of that section.]

(6)Orders under subsection (2) which make only such modifications as appear to the authority to be requisite in consequence of the occurrence of one or more events falling within paragraph (a) of subsection (3) shall take effect on their being made; and the provisions of Schedule 15 shall have effect as to the making, validity and date of coming into operation of other orders under subsection (2).

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F1Words in s. 53(1) inserted (2.5.2006 for E. and 11.5.2006 for W.) by 2000 c. 37, ss. 51, 103(3), Sch. 5 Pt. I para. 1(2); S.I. 2006/1172, art. 2; S.I. 2006/1279, art. 2

F2Words in s. 53(3)(a)(iii) inserted (2.5.2006 for E. and 11.5.2006 for W.) by 2000 c. 37, ss. 51, 103(3), Sch. 5 Pt. I para. 1(3); S.I. 2006/1172, art. 2; S.I. 2006/1279, art. 2

F4Words in s. 53(3)(c)(i) substituted (2.5.2006 for E. and 11.5.2006 for W.) by 2000 c. 37, ss. 51, 103(3), Sch. 5 Pt. I para. 1(4); S.I. 2006/1172, art. 2; S.I. 2006/1279, art. 2

F6Words in s. 53(4)(a) inserted (2.5.2006 for E. and 11.5.2006 for W.) by 2000 c. 37, ss. 51, 103(3), Sch. 5 Pt. I para. 1(5); S.I. 2006/1172, art. 2; S.I. 2006/1279, art. 2

F8S. 53(5A) inserted (2.5.2006 for E. and 11.5.2006 for W.) by 2000 c. 37, ss. 51, 103(3), Sch. 5 Pt. I para. 1(7); S.I. 2006/1172, art. 2; S.I. 2006/1279, art. 2

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C1S. 53: functions of local authority not to be responsibility of an executive of the authority (E.) (16.11.2000) by virtue of S.I. 2000/2853, reg. 2(1), Sch. 1

S. 53 excluded (2.5.2006 for E. and 11.5.2006 for W.) by 2000 c. 37, ss. 49(5), 103(3); S.I. 2006/1172, art. 2; S.I. 2006/1279, art. 2

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