This course explores the historical and legislative background to public rights of way, common land and village greens. It looks at who is responsible for maintaining them and how they can be improved and enhanced through the planning system.
The course will look in detail at the legal processes in place to divert, create and extinguish public rights of way and will explore the registration and management of common land and village greens.


Course objectives

  • Understand the historical background to public rights of way, common land and village greens

  • Understand the legislative processes in place to change the rights of way network

  • Understand the registration process and management of common land and village greens

  • Understand how parish and town councils can help to enhance and protect these assets in their parish.

This course is recommended for all clerks and councillors who have an interest in footpaths, common land and village greens.  As Gemma's work at the County Council focuses on public rights of way, the course has more content on this topic.

When & where

This course last ran in May 2019.  Let us know if you are interested in us running this topic in 2020.

£40 includes refreshments, handouts and a course certificate

(20% discount for NPTS subscribers)


Gemma Harrison - Gemma is a Green Infrastructure Officer at Norfolk County Council and is also a parish clerk to two councils in North Norfolk.  


The average satisfaction rating for the March 2019 course was 98.6%.


Clerks can gain 1 CPD point from attending this course.

Excellent.  I thought the course was a really worthwhile use of my time, would recommend it.

Very thorough and comprehensive.

Very interesting course.  Lots learned about public rights of way.

Very good and interesting.   Pointed in the right direction for any future issues.

Comments from the March 2019 course attendees

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