Amending rights of way

Public path Diversion Order

Public Footpath SL20A (Part), Arden Academy, Knowle, Solihull

Berkswell Quarry public path

Proposed Diversion of Public Footpath SL20A between Station Road and Milverton Road

The Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council made the following order on Wednesday 28th July 2021 under section 119 of the Highways Act 1980. The order would divert the public footpath SL20A running from the north eastern edge of Arden Academy, Knowle off Milverton Road and heads in a north westerly direction skirting closely around various school buildings and then along a tarmac path and past another school building near Station Road. Following a consultation period, the Council received 3 objections/representations in respect of the above order.

Two of those objections remain unresolved and therefore, the order has been forwarded for determination to the Secretary of State. 
A copy of the order, order map, statement of grounds and objections have been placed and may be seen free of charge at The Core Library, Homer Road, Touchwood, Solihull, B91 3RG.

If you have any queries in respect of the above or you require a copy of the order, please email the Highways Management team.

You can view the:

Highways Act 1980, Section 31(6) and Commons Act 2006, Section 15A(1) depositions

Under Section 31(6) of the Highways Act 1980, landowners may deposit us with a map and statement which outlines public rights of way on their land. Submitted every 20 years, this offers protection from having new highways established through general public use.

On 1 October 2013, landowner statements were introduced through Section 15A(1) of the Commons Act 2006.

This process allows landowners to deposit a statement (known as a landowner statement) with the Local Authority in order prevent their land being registered as a town or village green, provided they are deposited before there has been 20 years recreational use of the land as of right. 

View the register

Details of active notices

Notice of landowner deposits – Land to the North of Needlers End Lane, Balsall Common

Gating requests on rights of way

We are able to restrict access to public rights of way to prevent anti social behaviour and crime. Anyone can raise a gating request. A decision will be made according to our alley gating procedure and on the understanding that:

  • levels of anti social behaviour and crime are high and impacting the community
  • an alternative route is available when gates are closed
  • there is local support for the action
  • the action is an appropriate solution
  • the right of way is not privately owned

Changes to adopted public highway/rights of way

Changes to existing public rights of way/pedestrian highway typically fall into one of the following three general categories.

1. Diversion Order - the alteration of the line of an existing route onto a new alignment not currently in use by the public.

2. Stopping-Up Order - the removal of a public right of way/highway status from a piece of land.

Current Stopping Up Orders:

Proposed Stopping Up Orders:

3. Creation Order - the formal creation/registration of a public right of way across private land by a landowner.

Set out below is a list of currently active Orders affecting the public rights of way/pedestrian highway in the borough:

Temporary closures

It is sometimes necessary to close public rights of way for a short period of time to allow works to be carried out for to protect public safety.

Definitive map modification order register

The Definitive Map is the legal record of public rights of way.

Sometimes it is necessary to alter or update the map. In order to do so a legal order must be made. A definitive map modification order is made to:

  • add a public right of way not currently shown to the definitive map and statement
  • modify an existing public right of way shown on the definitive map and statement
Application to add a public footpath to the definitive map
Reference Location
SDM/1011 Barley Green Flats, Milcote Road, Solihull
SDM/1009L Nebsworth Close to Prospect Lane, Shirley
SDM/1009K Babbs Mill Park to Borough Boundary, Kingshurst
SDM/1009J Babbs Mill Park to Borough Boundary, Kingshurst
SDM/1009I Chester Road to Babbs Mill, Kingshurst
SDM/1009G Brentford Lane to Danford Lane, Shirley East
SDM/1009F Burnham Close to Stratford Road, Shirely West
SDM/1009E Sandy Hill Road to Borough boundary, Shirley West
SDM/1009D Dovehouse Lane to Rowlands Crescent, Olton
SDM/1009C New Road to Warwick Road, St Alphege
SDM/1009B Stratford Road to Ralph Road and Jacey Road to Northbrook Road, Shirley East
SDM/1009A U17A - Bryanston Road to Wadleys Road, Olton
SDM1003 Maxstoke Lane to Birmingham Road, Meriden
SDM/1001 Flintham Close to Howard Road, Olton
Application to add/modify a byway or restricted byway to the definitive map
Reference Location
SDM/1004 M171 (part) - Warwick Road to Netherwood Lane, Chadwick End
SDM/1002 Oak Lane to Ryton End, Barston