Transcript of our evidence presented at the public inquiry
Public Footpath Diversion order proposed on farmland
At the Planning Committee held on 02 Jul 2013, it was agreed that the Council can submit an application (order) under Section 257 of the Town and County Planning Act 1990 (as amended) to move public footpath 47a. The footpath runs from Moor Lane to Newlands Avenue.
The committee minutes state:
5. Footpath Diversion Order at Moor Lane site, Woking
The Committee considered a Public Path Diversion Order on footpath 47a (Woking) on land at Moor Lane, Westfield, Woking.
Members noted with approval the plans for the new footpath route, which would be widened to 3 metres, made suitable for both cyclists and pedestrians, and would follow a more pleasing meandering route along the boundary of the site. This was considered an improvement to the current path which was narrow and set between two wire fences. It was noted that the proposed diversion of the footpath would be submitted for public consultation, and should there be any objection, be forwarded to the Secretary of State for further due process.
Members asked if it should be made clear that the path would have priority for pedestrians , and that notices at either end should indicate this [WCRA Editor: What? More ugly and intrusive signs!]. Officers replied that this would be a matter for the Surrey Countryside Services, but it would be usual for such notices to be installed.
1. An Order be made under Section 257 of the Town and County Planning Act 1990 (as amended) for the diversion of Public Footpath 47a to enable the approved development under PLAN/2013/0081 to be implemented.
2. The appropriate notifications and publicity be made.
3. The Order be confirmed in the event that it remains unopposed or, if it is opposed, that the Order be submitted to the Secretary of State as required to determine whether it should be confirmed.
The background paper is attached below.
Update (29th July 2012)
WBC is only bothering to notify residents who live at the immediate vicinity of the proposed diversions. That constitutes ‘Public Consultation’.