Decision details

Application to divert parts of Bridleway 22, Bere Regis at Doddings Farm

Decision Maker: Officer Delegated Decision

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Reason(s) for Decisions:

(a) The proposed diversion meets the legal criteria set out in the Highways Act 1980.

(b) The inclusion of these provisions in a public path order means that there is no need for a separate legal event order to modify the definitive map and statement as a result of the diversion.

(c) Accordingly, the absence of objections may be taken as acceptance that the proposed new route is expedient and therefore Dorset Council can itself confirm the order.


Before confirming a public path creation, diversion or extinguishment order a council or the Secretary of State must have regard to any material provision of a rights of way improvement plan prepared by the local highway authority. Dorset’s Rights of Way Improvement Plan sets out a strategy for improving its network of Public Rights of Way, wider access and outdoor public space.


Alternative options considered and rejected:

No. Current route obstructed by deer grids and closed by temporary Traffic Regulation Order.  Proposed new route already in use by the public.

A full consultation was carried out in November / December 2019


(a) The application to divert parts of Bridleway 22, Bere Regis as shown on Drawing 19/11 be accepted and an order made;

(b) The Order include provisions to modify the definitive map and statement to record the changes made as a consequence of the diversion; and


If the Order is unopposed, it be confirmed by the Council.


The map is available on request from Democratic Services.

Publication date: 07/01/2020

Date of decision: 16/12/2019