Confirmed Definitive Map Modification Orders and Public Path Orders
Confirmed Definitive Map Modification Orders (DMMO)
After a Definitive Map Modification Order (DMMO) is made, it is published in a local newspaper and there is a statutory objection period. If there are no objections to the Order it can be confirmed.
However, if there are objections the Order must be sent to the Secretary of State for confirmation. The Secretary of State will normally appoint an Inspector to hold a local public inquiry where the evidence can be examined in more detail. On some occasions the Inspector may decide that the matter can be dealt with by an informal hearing or by way of written representations.
The following DMMOs have been confirmed:
Definitive Map Modification Orders 2018
Definitive Map Modification Orders 2017
Confirmed Public Path Orders
After a Public Path Order (PPO) is made, it is published in a local newspaper and there is a statutory objection period. If there are no objections to the Order it can be confirmed by Dorset County Council.
However, if there are objections the Order must go before the Regulatory Committee who decide whether or not Dorset County Council will proceed with the Order, as Dorset County Council is unable itself to confirm it. In this case Dorset County Council may send the Order to the Secretary of State for confirmation but it does not have to do so. If submitted to the Secretary of State, an Inspector is usually appointed to hold a local public inquiry. On some occasions the Inspector may decide that the matter can be dealt with by an informal Hearing or by way of written representations.
Before the Order is confirmed the new path must be in suitable condition for public use and any agreed works (e.g. installation of gates) must be carried out.
The following PPOs have been confirmed:
Public Path Orders 2018
Public Path Orders 2017
Public Path Creation Agreements - Section 25, Highways Act 1980
Dorset County Council has powers to enter into an agreement with a landowner to dedicate a footpath, bridleway or restricted byway. The dedicated public right of way is recorded on the Definitive Map and Statement and becomes maintainable at the public expense.
The following public rights of way have been dedicated by agreement:
Please contact the Definitive Map Team for more information about any of the above Orders.