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Last edited 09 Jan 2019
Right of way
A right of way is a form of easement, which allows the entitled person pedestrian or vehicular access across the land of another person. This right can be in the form of a deed or may arise by implication or by long use. A right of way may exist only for limited purposes.
- Express dedication, where a landowner has given the public the right.
- Presumed dedication, where a right of way has been in use for longer than can be remembered.
- Deemed dedication, where a right of way has been used for 20 years or more.
NB: In 2013, The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs consulted on proposals to simplify rights of way regulations by changing the processes for recording, diverting and extinguishing public rights of way (ref. DEFRA).
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