Planning permission does not alter a right of way crossing the affected land or provide authority to obstruct it. If a path needs to be diverted or extinguished for development to take place, a public path order should be applied for under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
For the Council to make an order planning permission must have been awarded and the plans must be incompatible with retention of the right of way. Whilst it is not possible for the Council to make an order before the award of planning permission developers are encouraged to contact the rights of way team as early as possible if a right of way is likely to be affected.
Diversion of a public path can typically take around 9 months if unopposed or significantly longer if objections are received. It may be necessary to seek a temporary closure of affected paths whilst the diversion is on-going, for instance to facilitate construction of a development phase that does not directly interfere with the existing path.
It is inappropriate for a temporary closure to be made in order to allow construction of permanent structures over a path in anticipation of a favourable diversion and the Council will take action should this occur prior to conclusion of an order.
Further information is available within the Council's Public Path Orders Application Pack