Trail Riders Fellowship and Tilbury v Dorset County Council

[2012] EWHC 2634 (Admin); [2013] 1 All E.R. 209

2nd October 2012



A challenge by way of judicial review to the surveying authority's refusal to entertain 5 applications to upgrade or add public vehicular rights of way to the definitive map.  The issue relates to whether maps produced to a scale of 1:25,000, by using a digital map derived from an Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 map, satisfy the requirements as to scale in the relevant provisions of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.  The survival of potential rights for mechanically-propelled vehicles over these routes depended upon the applications being found to have been compliant with the requirements. Mr Justice Supperstone dismissed the claim. The claim subsequently went to the Court of Appeal, where Adrian succeeded in overturning the decision and then the Supreme Court were Adrian succeeded in upholding the decision of the Court of Appeal.

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