Virtual inquiries are unsuitable for Public Rights of Way disputes!

Virtual inquiries are unsuitable for Public Rights of Way disputes!

So far I have been unable to find any information whatsoever concerning public ‘virtual‘ inquiries regarding definitive map claims. 

These inquiries are not the same as planning inquiries in any way shape or form.

Any planning application or objection to refusal of it, only affects the planning application. It does not involve loss of rights or devaluation to your own land or property!!! To me this constitutes legal theft. 


 ‘virtual’ inquiries are entirely unsuitable for those with a great deal to lose in terms of private land and the extortionate cost of fighting such claims. 


My own garden is subject to an inquiry in February. It is presently unburdened with any PROW whatsoever and there is no evidence ‘on the ground’ of anything. 

  1. NorfolkCounty Council have refused to allow a Members decision. 

2. My voice has not been heard. 

3. An unlawful delegated decision to uphold the claim was made and a unilateral decision taken


 You will understand why I feel extremely strongly that my rights have been ignored. They will further be compromised by any virtual or partially virtual inquiry.

Historical documents and maps need to be original documents and able to be scrutinised  in full at an actual inquiry.

Any witnesses should be available, at a physical venue, to be cross examined. They should certainly not be at home and possibly in their pyjamas!


As I have not committed any crime, my home and garden are bought and paid for along with solicitors searches, there is no PROW and I have been unheard and the subject of a council unilateral decision I demand ‘my day’ in ‘court’ not subjected to a zoom meeting! ( there lies another gripe,as these quasai judicial inquiries should, of course, be in a court of law not a village hall!

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  1. I am in exactly the same position my solicitors wrote to the planning inspectorate telling them they were breaking equality law by forcing a virtual hearing .their view was go to judicial review then .

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