Share this page
Roads - permanent closures
Section 116 of the Highways Act 1980 and Section 247 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 allows the council to close roads permanently either because they are not necessary, a better route will replace it or to allow a new development with planning permission to be built.
If a highway is requested to be closed permanently, or 'Stopped Up' as it is also known, the County Council will make an application to the Magistrates Court on its own behalf or on the behalf of the community, following consultation with the statutory consultees and the local community.
Requests from the community generally relate to highway verges, streets and public rights of way that no longer serve a highway function.
If a 'Stopping Up Order' is approved by the Magistrates Court the land will revert back to the landowner (or their successors in title) of that land prior to it becoming a public highway.