There has been a long delay since 2013 when the application was classed as a valid but after the Planning Inspector directed Bristol City Council to decide on the application by September 1st 2018 and further pressure by our councillor, Mark Weston, the application was considered by a meeting of the PROWG (Public Rights of Way Group) Committee on April 15th 2019.
Having consider a lengthy and detailed report from officers the members of the Committee decided unanimously to authorise the Head of Legal Services to make and advertise a Definitive Map Modification Order to show the footpath in the Definitive Map .
The Bristol City Council decided to appeal against the Modidfication Order and an inspector appointed by the Secretary of State will visit the site and consider any further Statements or Comments before determining the Order. The timetable is: –
14 May 2021 Deadline for submitting Statement of Case by Bristol City Council
25 June 2021 Deadline for anyone who has previously made a written objection or representation to submit their Statement of Case
6 August 2021 Deadline for everyone who has previously made a written objection or representation to submit their comments on any or every other Statement of Case.
14 October 2021 The planning inspector from the Planning Inspectorate has considered the BCC appeal and the statements of cases received and has decided to confim the right of way with a minor re-alignment of the Machin Road end. This means that the path will pass near the wall at the east end of the opening rather than the middle of the opening.