New Draft Map Of Open Country And Registered Common Land Issued
16th July 2012
Every ten years, the Countryside Council for
Wales is required by law to review the maps of open access to
mountain, moor, heath, downland and registered common land in
The process starts on the 16th July 2012 when CCW will issue the
draft maps of open country and registered common land. Based on
these, landowners, user groups and anyone with an interest will be
able to make representations.
Discussions with landowners and all interest groups will be an
essential part of the mapping review. CCW is looking forward to
working closely with the farming unions, individual landowners, and
a wide range of user groups to ensure that awareness of the review
is high, starting now and throughout the process until the
conclusive maps are published in September 2014.
Our aim is to ensure that the process is open, transparent and
gives all interested parties the opportunity to review access in
their area of interest.
The maps produced 10 years ago were comprehensive and done to a
very high standard. Thanks to new technology, as well as the
quality of the original mapping work, the review will be undertaken
efficiently, with minimum cost.
The Review Timetable:
16th July 2012
CCW will issue All Wales draft maps of open access. This is the
opening date for representations to be submitted to CCW.
23rd November 2012
Closing date for representation submitted to CCW.
7th August 2013
CCW will issue All Wales provisional maps.
7th November 2013
Deadline for appeals applications to the Planning Inspectorate.
9th May 2014
Appeals process ends.
24th September 2014
CCW will issue All Wales conclusive map.
General enquiries on the review should be sent to: 0845 1306229 or