Public Rights of Way Section 31(6) and Commons Section 15A(1) deposits

1. Protecting land against future claims

If a path is used by the public for 20 years or more, it can become a public right of way and recorded on the Definitive Map and Statement.To help prevent additional public rights of way being established landowners can register a deposit on their land under Section 31(6) of the Highways Act 1980 .

Similarly, if an area of land is used by the public for recreational use for more than 20 years it may be possible for it to become a town or village green. Landowners can register a deposit on their land under Section 15A(1) of the Commons Act 2006 to prevent a future claim being made.

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