Decision Maker: Director of Culture, Communities and Business Services
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: No
1.1 Hampshire County Council has received an
offer for the dedication of public bridleway rights between Kings
Worthy Bridleway 501 and Springvale Road (as shown between Points A
and D on the Location Map). The rights will be dedicated by
multiple landowners - Hampshire County Council (owns section A-B),
the owner of Woodhams Farm, Network Rail and Laney Properties Ltd
(own sections between B-D). As a result of their connection to the
existing rights of way network, the dedications will provide a
continuous bridleway link between Kings Worthy and South Wonston.
The width of the dedicated route will 3 metres throughout.
1.2. The route running between A-B runs over land owned and managed by the County Council, part of which is recorded as public footpath (which was dedicated by the County Council in 2002). The land is currently managed as a Countryside Service site
1.3. The route between Points B-D has at some point in the past been surfaced with tarmac for the purposes of facilitating private vehicular access to businesses at Woodhams Farm. Consequently, dedications for this section of the route will be formalised by agreements under common law to ensure that the County Council does not assume responsibility for the maintenance of this part of the route. Given the standard to which it has been maintained for private purposes to date, it is not envisaged that this have a detrimental impact on the public. The County Council will naturally retain maintenance responsibility for the section of the route running between A-B, over land within its ownership.
1.4. The proposal has met with no objection during consultation (see Appendix 1).
Publication date: 19/03/2020
Date of decision: 03/03/2020