Highway stopping up (closure) orders

You can find public notices relating to highways orders on this page. Below is an explanation about stopping up orders and links to notices and orders which the council has made or intends to make.

If you wish to see more information about any particular order, download the order, notice or plan documents showing the highway affected.

You can view all stopping up orders and notices for the borough.

What are stopping up orders

The council has the power in certain circumstances to stop up areas of public highway by making orders known as a 'stopping up order'. The term 'stopping up' means that once such an order is made, the highway land will cease to be a highway, road or footpath.

Stopping up orders are often made because the public highway is no longer necessary or to allow development to take place. The phrase 'public highway' can include roads, streets, footpaths, some public car parks, grass verges and footways. Not all roads, streets or footpaths are public highways. Some can be privately owned or maintained. The law relating to such highways is different and the council would not have powers to stop up or maintain them.

The council has a range of statutory powers and responsibilities in relation to public highways. The most frequently used powers are: 

  • Section 247 Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) - using this power a public highway can be 'stopped up' to allow development to take place if it has received or may receive planning permission; these orders may sometimes create new highways or footpaths
  • Section 116 and 118, Highways Act 1980 - under this Section a public highway can be stopped up because it is no longer in use

Page last updated: 24 September 2021

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