Public rights of way

We will safeguard existing rights of way wherever possible. We consider the effect of a development on a public right of way as a material planning consideration. All efforts must be made to retain them on their current line.

If a proposed development necessitates a footpath diversion and the circumstances are sufficiently exceptional to merit planning approval being given despite this, we may be prepared to accept a diversion application.

To apply for a diversion, or to ‘stop-up’ a public right of way please complete an application form and submit this together with the required supporting documents to:

South Northamptonshire Council
Legal Services
The Forum
Moat Lane
NN12 6AD

Incomplete applications will not be registered until all supporting documentation has been received.

There is an initial fee of £1,200 to process your application. Please make cheques payable to South Northamptonshire Council.

Apply to divert or stop up a public right of way

Applying for a temporary closure

Northamptonshire County Council has responsibility for the protection and maintenance of public rights of way. For more information please see Rights of Way.

For further information or advice please email