Definitive map

Biggleswade excluded area Orders

Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981: creating a definitive map for the formerly excluded area of central Biggleswade

For the last 60 years the centre of Biggleswade has been excluded from the Council’s Definitive Map of Public Rights of Way because of its fully developed urban nature. This means we do not have a legal record of those paths and alleys that members of the public have a right to use as public footpaths or bridleways.

We have mapped those paths that we think have been walked or cycled within the area shown by the pink shading on the map (PDF 2.6MB) and have identified 37 routes within this area which we consider to either be public footpaths or bridleways. These are generally urban alleyways, and are shown by the pink and green dotted lines on the map.

We have written to a large number of residents as we believe that they either own, lease, or live in property adjacent to one of these routes which we consider could be a public footpath or bridleway and held a number of drop-in clinics. We have considered the responses we received and have now made the relevant legal orders, called definitive map modification orders, to legally record these routes.

Notices of the orders have been posted on each route and were advertised in the Biggleswade Chronicle on 10 March 2017. We are now within the objection period which ends on 5 May 2017. If no objections are received, the modification orders we have made will be confirmed, and a new Definitive Map for the centre of Biggleswade created. However, if objections are made and not withdrawn, the Council will have to forward the orders to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who will determine whether they should be confirmed or not.

Copies of the public notices and orders and plans can be found below.


Biggleswade Excluded area - North order 2017

Order made 3 March 2017, objection period ends 5 May 2017

Public notice (PDF 5.7KB)      Sealed order and plan (PDF 596.1KB)


Biggleswade Excluded area - North East order 2017

Order made 3 March 2017, objection period ends 5 May 2017

Public notice (PDF 5.9KB)     Sealed order and plan (PDF 677.5KB)


Biggleswade Excluded area - North West order 2017

Order made 3 March 2017, objection period ends 5 May 2017

Public notice (PDF 6.2KB)     Sealed order and plan (PDF 780KB)


Biggleswade Excluded area - South West order 2017

Order made 3 March 2017, objection period ends 5 May 2017

Public notice (PDF 7.4KB)     Sealed order and plan (PDF 1.2MB)

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