249Order extinguishing right to use vehicles on highway
(1)This section applies where—
(a)a local planning authority by resolution adopt a proposal for improving the amenity of part of their area, and
(b)the proposal involves the public ceasing to have any right of way with vehicles over a highway in that area, being a highway which is neither a trunk road nor a road classified as a principal road.
(2)The Secretary of State may, on an application by a local planning authority who have so resolved, by order provide for the extinguishment of any right which persons may have to use vehicles on that highway.
(3)An order under subsection (2) may include such provision as the Secretary of State (after consultation with every authority who are a local planning authority for the area in question and the highway authority) thinks fit for permitting the use on the highway of vehicles (whether mechanically propelled or not) in such cases as may be specified in the order, notwithstanding the extinguishment of any such right as is mentioned in that subsection.
(4)Such provision as is mentioned in subsection (3) may be framed by reference to—
(a)particular descriptions of vehicles, or
(b)particular persons by whom, or on whose authority, vehicles may be used, or
(c)the circumstances in which, or the times at which, vehicles may be used for particular purposes.
(5)No provision contained in, or having effect under, any enactment, being a provision prohibiting or restricting the use of footpaths, footways or bridleways shall affect any use of a vehicle on a highway in relation to which an order under subsection (2) has effect, where the use is permitted in accordance with provisions of the order included by virtue of subsection (3).
(6)If any authority who are a local planning authority for the area in which a highway to which an order under subsection (2) relates is situated apply to the Secretary of State in that behalf, he may by order revoke that order, and, if he does so, any right to use vehicles on the highway in relation to which the order was made which was extinguished by virtue of the order under that subsection shall be reinstated.
(7)Such an order as is mentioned in subsection (6) may make provision requiring the removal of any obstruction of a highway resulting from the exercise of powers under Part VIIA of the [1980 c. 66.] Highways Act 1980.
(8)Before making an application under subsection (2) or (6) the local planning authority shall consult with the highway authority (if different) and any other authority who are a local planning authority for the area in question.
(9)Subsections (2), (3), (4) and (6) of section 247 shall apply to an order under this section as they apply to an order under that section.