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Alleged public bridleways along footpaths 566 and 3 (Wisley) and 129 (Byfleet)

Description and Grid References

Alleged public bridleways along footpaths 566 and 3 (Wisley) and 129 (Byfleet) from [TQ 057 596] to [TQ 062 600]

Reference number and contact details

Tel. 03456 009 009

Date of application

1 June 2013

Applicants name and address

Carole Frost
for and on behalf of:
Woking Cycle Users Group
25 Waldens Park Road
GU21 4RN


George James
for and on behalf of:
Elmbridge Cycle Group
16 Oakfield Glade
KT13 9DP

Consultations and research stage



This was considered by the Planning and Regulatory Committee of Surrey County Council on 8 June 2016. Members agreed with the Officer's recommendation to upgrade to public bridleway, footpaths 129 (Byfleet), 3 (in part) and 566 (Wisley) on the Definitive Map and Statement for Surrey.

Order making

A Map Modification Order was made on 20 July 2016 and advertised on 29 July 2016.

Due to an administrative omission the Order was advertised for a second time from 24 March 2017.


Eight objections were received to the first notice. The Order and all received evidence and objections were referred to the Secretary of State for determination at the end of the second notice period. Three new objections and two other new representations were received to the second notice period.

Public Inquiry

The Secretary of State appointed an Inspector to determine this matter. A Public Inquiry was held at The Council Chamber, Woking Borough Council, Civic Offices, Gloucester Square, Woking GU21 6YL on 22 May 2018. This was adjourned after one day so that new evidence could be considered. The Inquiry recommenced 6 February 2019 and continued until the 7 February 2019 after which it was adjourned again. The Inquiry continued on 19 and 20 March 2019 at the same venue.

Decision and confirmation

The Order was confirmed by the Secretary of State on 22 July 2019 and will be advertised as such for six weeks from 9 August 2019. A copy of the decision is attached below.

High Court

On 19 September 2019 an appeal was made to the High Court challenging the Inspector's decision. This will be defended by the Government Legal Department.

Files available to download

  • CP560 Schedule 14 application (464.0 KB)
    Application for a modification to the definitive map and statement from Sanway road Byfleet to Wisley Lane, Wisley
  • CP560 Schedule 14 plan (162.8 KB)
    Plan of alleged public bridleways along footpaths 566 and 3 (Wisley) and 129 (Byfleet)
  • CP560 Inspector's Decision Report (220.4 KB)
    Report issued by the Secretary of State's Inspector with regard to the status of Muddy Lane in Wisley