All changes to public rights of way must be made by legal orders. These are advertised on site and in local papers so that the public has an opportunity to comment on the proposals.
An existing right of way may be
- Diverted if it is in the interests of the landowner or the public
- Extinguished if it is no longer needed for public use
- Temporarily closed for works, or for public safety
- Closed to some users for the better management of the network
- Affected by development through the planning process
- Rights of way can also created by agreement or order
The definitive map can be changed if there is evidence which shows it requires amendment. New rights of way can be added, or existing rights of way upgraded/downgraded if the changes are supported by adequate evidence.