Inspector rejects calls to register public footpaths at Knowle

EDDC's Knowle HQ. Ref shs 7701-15-12SH Picture: Simon Horn

EDDC's Knowle HQ. Ref shs 7701-15-12SH Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

Moves to register public footpaths across the grounds of East Devon District Council’s headquarters at Knowle have been rejected by a government-appointed inspector.

The decision has been welcomed by the council and follows a protracted legal process stretching back more than three years.

Two applications were made in 2012 by local residents to register a number of footpaths across parts of the Knowle under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Devon County Council, who is responsible for public rights of way, rejected the applications but an appeal was made to the Planning Inspectorate against the decision.

After various legal appeal processes, Martin Elliott, the inspector, has agreed with the district council that no order should be made to dedicate any of the claimed routes as public rights of way.

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This was on the basis that their use was ‘by right’ as the use of the whole of the Knowle is regulated by byelaws.

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