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Permanent road closures


This page provides details for permanently closing, also known as 'stopping up', part of the public highway.

To permanently close part of the public highway under Section 247 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, you will need to contact the National Transport Casework Team.

To permanently close part of the public highway under Section 116 of the Highways Act 1980 or Section 257 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, you will need to ask us, as the Highway Authority, to process the order.

Under Section 116 of the Highways Act 1980 we will have to apply to the Magistrate's Court for an order and the highway can only be closed if it is deemed no longer necessary for public use.

For an application under Section 257 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, the stopping up can only be processed if it is needed to allow development to be carried out either in accordance with an approved planning application or by a government department.