Campaigner applies for public footpath to be opened by Sarah Beeny’s Somerset farm

A campaigner has utilized for a public footpath to be opened by Sarah Beeny’s former dairy farm in Somerset in a bid to persuade the TV presenter to hitch her struggle in opposition to ‘nightmare’ ramblers reopening byways on non-public land. 

Ann Scott, 72, from Norfolk, submitted the declare which will likely be thought of by Somerset County Council. 

Alongside fellow campaigners, she is asking the Authorities to convey the Deregulation Act 2015 into impact.

The Act is predicted to permit householders higher powers of enchantment in opposition to claims for rights of approach on their land.

Following Mrs Beeny’s Channel four present New Life within the Nation, which documented the development of her property close to Bruton, Mrs Scott hopes that involving her in the best of approach debate would increase the profile of her marketing campaign. 

She introduced the appliance after battling an eight-year declare made on her personal property, which she mentioned made her life ‘an absolute distress’. 

Sarah Beeny, pictured

Ann Scott, 72, from Norfolk

Ann Scott (pictured proper), 72, from Norfolk, submitted the declare to open a public footpath by Sarah Beeny’s (left) former dairy farm in Somerset which will likely be thought of by Somerset County Council

Mrs Scott described it as ‘unlucky’ that she needed to do the identical factor that had been carried out to her and mentioned she ‘does not bear her any grudges’ in the direction of Mrs Beeny.  

She mentioned: ‘Sarah Beeny confirmed all her planning permission issues on her tv programme and we thought “if you happen to’ve obtained the issue, you may truly resolve it on tv”.

‘We would get some publicity and folks may assume, “cling on a minute you are able to do that?”

‘It is vitally clear to me that most people ought to be made conscious of a attainable “nightmare” on the horizon if they’ve been earmarked on the Ramblers “misplaced path” map.’ 

She added: ‘These claims are solely claims – they are not any proof there is a proper of approach there. All some individual has carried out is checked out a map of 1886 and seen that there was a observe there.

‘That declare can keep within the system and have an effect on your life and your financial institution stability for so long as the council deems.’ 

Defra has said that the rights of approach reform undertaking, which is underpinned by the Deregulation Act 2015, will allow current rights of option to be extra effectively recorded.

Mrs Scott, who beforehand made the same declare on Boris Johnson’s household property on Exmoor, mentioned: ‘The entire system isn’t match for goal and wishes altering.

The land outside Bruton, Somerset, where Ms Beeny previously applied for planning permission to develop a farmhouse

The land outdoors Bruton, Somerset, the place Ms Beeny beforehand utilized for planning permission to develop a farmhouse

‘There is a small group of us who’ve been affected for a really very long time. We have not been listened to in any respect, so folks do not realise.’

She mentioned her and fellow campaigners have turn into ‘extra militant’ of late, including: ‘You get fed up with folks not listening to you and never taking any discover of you. 

‘The one approach you will get folks to hear now’s to say we will use the identical standards and we might declare on the land of people that we expect the general public may hearken to.’

It follows the launch of the #Don’tLoseYourWay marketing campaign began by strolling charity Ramblers final February, which found the South West of England is the area with probably the most unofficial paths. 

Volunteers in contrast historic maps with official information which councils had been required to attract up within the 1950s, discovering a complete of 49,138 miles of lacking paths in England and Wales – 5 occasions the charity’s preliminary estimates.

In Somerset, a complete of 1,406 miles of misplaced public footpaths had been found.  

The county’s council said it at present has a backlog of round 366 functions beneath Definitive Map Modifications Orders.

It just lately took on extra members of employees to assist handle these functions.

A spokesman mentioned: ‘We proceed to make good progress in figuring out functions.’

Tompion Platt, director of advocacy and engagement for Ramblers, mentioned: ‘The unimaginable response we had from the general public to assist us seek for lacking rights of approach reveals what an vital place our path community holds within the hearts of so many people.

‘It permits tens of millions of us yearly to discover our superb countryside and join with nature, and the Ramblers is devoted to defending it.

‘Nonetheless, we’re not seeking to put each single misplaced path again on the map – we’re taking a standard sense strategy, and figuring out the potential misplaced rights of approach was simply the beginning of the method.

‘We recognise that a number of the paths recognized by our volunteers could have been legally extinguished or diverted, and we do not need to declare rights of approach that undergo buildings or runways, or are of no sensible use and lead nowhere.

‘With so many unmapped rights of approach, we are actually specializing in prioritising the paths which can be probably the most helpful or vital; people who enhance the community and make strolling simpler and extra fulfilling for as many individuals as attainable – one thing that has turn into extra vital than ever through the Covid-19 pandemic.’

The Authorities has set a deadline of January 2026 to use for footpaths to be made authorized rights of approach and included in Ordnance Survey maps.   

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