Definitive maps and statements

About the Definitive Map

Special maps have been drawn up so that walkers, riders, farmers and landowners may know which paths are public rights of way. The "definitive maps" show footpaths, bridleways, byways open to all traffic and roads used as public paths (soon to be replaced by restricted byways). If a right of way is shown on the map, that is conclusive evidence, in law, that the public have those rights. However, a right of way may have been omitted from the definitive map. For this reason, the fact that a path is not shown on the definitive map does not necessarily prove that the public has no rights over it.

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Definitive statements

Every definitive map is accompanied by a statement describing each right of way. The statement might define the position or width of the path, or give details of any conditions attached to the public's rights. These details are conclusive evidence in law.

pdf icon Definitive statements for public rights of way in Bury [1Mb]

pdf icon Definitive statements for public rights of way in Prestwich [61kb]

pdf icon Definitive statements for public rights of way in Radcliffe [175kb]

pdf icon Definitive statements for public rights of way in Ramsbottom [84kb]

pdf icon Definitive statements for public rights of way in Tottington [85kb]

pdf icon Definitive statements for public rights of way in Whitefield [80kb]

Register of Definitive Map Modification Orders

Introduction

Section 53B(1) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 requires us to keep a register of applications made to surveying authorities under section 53(5) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 for orders to modify the Definitive Map and Statement.

Authorities now need to record all applications which have been made and not determined by the surveying authority under Schedule 14 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 before the "relevant date" of 31 December 2005, regardless of when the application was received.

The paper and electronic registers can be viewed at the Engineering Division, 3 Knowsley Place, Duke Street, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 0EJ during office hours. The electronic version can also be viewed by clicking the links below.

Register

(1) Cockey Moor

1. Copy of application and map:

 pdf icon Cockey Moor Application form [258kb]

 pdf icon Cockey Moor map of the area [142kb]

 pdf icon Cockey Moor map of the wider area [143kb]

2. The intended effect of the application: To add a public footpath to the Definitive Map and Statement.

3. The location to which the application relates:

(i) Grid Reference - 773104 to 773107
(ii) Address of Any Properties on Which the Way Lies - Agricultural land.
(iii) Principle Settlements Nearest to the Way - Starling, near Ainsworth village and the towns of Radcliffe and Bury.
(iv) Parish, Ward or District in Which the Way Lies - St Andrews Parish, Radcliffe North Ward, Radcliffe District.

4. The applicants name and address: Jeff Holt, 62 Church Street, Ainsworth, Bolton, BL2 5RS

5. Date set for determination of the application: 17 November 2009

6. Reference number: 2

7. Date on which the application was determined

8. The Authority's decision: To make the order

9. If the Authority's decision was to make the order has it been confirmed? Yes

10. If the Decision was to not make an order, was there an appeal?

(2) Bowland Close, Bury

1. Copy of application and map

 pdf icon Bowland Close, Bury Application form [98kb]

 pdf icon Bowland Close, Bury map of the area [107kb]

2. The intended effect of the application: To add a public footpath to the Definitive Map and Statement.

3. The location to which the application relates:

(i) Grid reference - 772111 to 772110
(ii) Address of any properties on which the way lies - N/A
(iii) Principle settlements nearest to the way - Walshaw in the Borough of Bury.
(iv) Parish, Ward or District in which the way lies - Church Ward, Bury District.

4. The applicants name and address: Currently withheld

5. Date set for determination of the application: 23 May 2007

6. Reference number: 3

7. Date on which the application was determined:

8. The Authority's decision: To be determined

9. If the Authority's decision was to make the order has it been confirmed?

10. If the decision was to not make an order, was there an appeal?

(3) Coniston Close, Ramsbottom

1. Copy of application and map

 pdf icon Coniston Close, Ramsbottom Application form [97kb]

 pdf icon Coniston Close, Ramsbottom map of the area [111kb]

2. The intended effect of the application: To add a public footpath to the Definitive Map and Statement.

3. The location to which the application relates:

(i) Grid reference - 792175 to 793175
(ii) Address of any properties on which the way lies - 12 Coniston Close, Ramsbottom
(iii) Principle settlements nearest to the way - Ramsbottom in the Borough of Bury.
(iv) Parish, Ward or District in which the way lies - Ramsbottom Ward, Ramsbottom District.

4. The applicants name and address: Colin Gilmour, Tonge Fold Farm, Hawkshaw Lane, Hawkshaw, Bury, BL8 4LD

5. Date set for determination of the application: 1 August 2007

6. Reference number: 4

7. Date on which the application was determined: 20 November 2007

8. The Authority's decision: To make the order

9. If the Authority's decision was to make the order has it been confirmed? No

10. If the decision was to not make an order, was there an appeal?

(4) Mile Lane, Bury

1. Copy of application and map

 pdf icon Mile Lane, Bury application form and map [439kb]

2. The intended effect of the application: To add a public footpath to the Definitive Map and Statement.

3. The location to which the application relates:

(i) Grid reference - 77811020 to 77861020
(ii) Address of any properties on which the way lies - Co-operative Retail Services Ltd, 78 Mile Lane, Bury, BL8 2JR and Mile Lane Health Centre, 80 Mile Lane, Bury, BL8 2JR
(iii) Principle settlements nearest to the way - Bury
(iv) Parish, Ward or District in which the way lies - Church Ward, Bury West

4. The applicants name and address: Currently withheld

5. Date set for determination of the application: 16 February 2010

6. Reference number: 6

7. Date on which the application was determined:

8. The Authority's decision: To make the order

9. If the Authority's decision was to make the order has it been confirmed? No

10. If the decision was to not make an order, was there an appeal?

(5) Dorothy Street, Ramsbottom

1. Copy of application and map

 pdf icon Dorothy Street, Ramsbottom application form and map [713kb]

2. The intended effect of the application: To add a public footpath to the Definitive Map and Statement

3.The location to which the application relates:

Grid reference - 787162 to 787161
Address of any properties on which the way lies - 61 and 63 Bolton Road West, Ramsbottom, Bury BL0 9NU
Principle settlements nearest to the way - Ramsbottom
Parish, Ward or District in which the way lies - Ramsbottom, Tottington and North Manor

4. Applicants name and address: Currently withheld

5. Date set for determination of the application: 10 May 2011

6. Reference Number: 7

7. Date on which the application was determined: 25/5/2012

8. The Authority's decision: To refuse the application

9. If the Authority's decision was to make the order has it been confirmed? No

10. If the decision was not to make an order, was there an appeal?

(6) Ainsworth Hall Road, Radcliffe

1. Copy of the application and map.

pdf icon Ainsworth Hall Road in Radcliffe - application and map [227kb]

2. The intended effect of the application: To upgrade public footpaths shown on the Definitive Map and Statement to bridleways

3. The location to which the application relates:

(i) 761101 to 754092 via 758094
750095 to 762095

(ii) 26 and 28 Ainsworth Hall Road, Ainsworth, Radcliffe, Bury BL2 5SB
Ainsworth Hall Farm, Ainsworth Hall Road, Ainsworth, Radcliffe, Bury, BL2 5QT
Rothwells Farm, Bradley Fold Road, Radcliffe, Bury, BL2 5QS
Rothwells Cottage, Bradley Fold Road, Radcliffe, Bury, BL2 5QS
208, 210, 212 and 214 Ainsworth Hall Road, Radcliffe, Bury, BL26QR
1,3,5,7 and 9 Taylors Lane, Radcliffe, Bury, BL2 6QS
Taylors Lane Farm, Taylors Lane, Radcliffe, Bury, BL2 6QS
Keystone Cottage, Taylors Lane, Radcliffe, Bury, BL2 6QS
Smith Fold Farm, Taylors Lane, Radcliffe, Bury, BL2 6QS

(iii)  Ainsworth

(iv)  Radcliffe North

4. Applicants name and address: Withheld

5. Date set for determination of the application:

6. Reference Number: 8

7. Date on which the application was determined:

8. The Authority's decision:

9. If the Authority's decision was to make the order has it been confirmed?

10. If the decision was not to make an order, was there an appeal?

(7) Elton Reservoir in Bury

1. Copy of the application and map.

pdf icon Elton Reservoir in Bury - application and map [157kb]

2. The intended effect of the application: To upgrade public footpaths shown on the Definitive Map and Statement to bridleway

3. The location to which the application relates:

(i) Grid Reference 377408 to 379410

(ii) Brook Bottom Farm, Brook Bottom Road, Radcliffe, Bury, M26 4HX

Doffer Fold Farm, Brook Bottom Road, Radcliffe, Bury, M26 4FW

Old Hall Farm, Bank Top, Radcliffe, Bury, M26 4FN

Woos Nab Farm, Daisyfield, Bury, BL8 2BP

1 and 2 High Bank, Elton, Bury, BL8 2BR

Elton Sailing Club, Elton Reservoir, Bury, Lancashire, BL8 2BR

(iii) Radcliffe

(iv) Radcliffe East

4. Applicants name and address: Withheld

5. Date set for determination of the application: 26 November 2016

6. Reference Number: 9

7. Date on which the application was determined:

8. The Authority's decision:

9. If the Authority's decision was to make the order has it been confirmed?

10. If the decision was not to make an order, was there an appeal?

(8) Whittaker Street in Radcliffe

1. Copy of the application and map.

pdf icon Whittaker Street in Radcliffe - application and map [84kb]

2. The intended effect of the application: To add a public footpath to the Definitive Map and Statement

3. The location to which the application relates:

(i) Grid Reference - 378502 to 407513

(ii) 29 Whittaker Street, Radcliffe, Bury, M26 2TD

 12,14 and 16 Parsonage Street, Radcliffe, Bury, BL9 6BG

(iii) Radcliffe

(iv) Radcliffe East

4. Applicants name and address: Withheld

5. Date set for determination of the application: 9 March 2016

6. Reference number: 10

7. Date on which the application was determined:

8. The Authority's decision:

9. If the Authority's decision was to make the order has it been confirmed?

10. If the decision was not to make an order, was there an appeal?