Register of deposits of statements

Records of rights of way across your land - Section 31(6) deposits

Section 31(6) of the Highway Act 1980 allows for landowners to acknowledge the existence of those public rights of way which cross their land and to prevent new public rights of way being created by 'presumed dedication'.

A Deposited Statement and Declaration will not prevent rights of way being confirmed by other means, for example historical evidence. To remain valid a Declaration has to be submitted every 20 years.

Presumed dedication is where new public rights of way are created following use of the route by members of the public, usually for a period of twenty years or more.

A similar mechanism exists under section 15A of the Commons Act 2006, which allows a landowner to deposit with us a map and statement which brings to an end any recreational use of the land 'as of right'. Provided that this is submitted before there has been 20 years' ‘as of right’ use of the land for recreational purposes it will prevent the land from being registered as a town or village green.

Further details about deposits made under both the Highways Act and the Commons Act can be found in Defra’s Guidance for the completion of form CA16.

GOV.UK - Defra guidance and CA16

Making an application

If, having read Defra’s guidance, you would like to make an application please complete form CA16 and return it by post (a signed paper copy is required) to the following address:

Parks & Countryside Service
Bracknell Forest Council
Time Square
Market Street
Bracknell
Berkshire
RG12 1JD

Please note that there will be a charge (effective as of April 2015) for any application made for a single/standard parcel of land. Additional fees will be charged on top of this for larger or more complex land holdings, for example where a landholding is divided by several highways.

On receipt of a valid completed form CA16 and map we will publish a notice of the deposit on our website, post site notices on the land affected and update the legal register of deposits.

Registers of Section 31(6) deposits and Definitive Map Modification Order applications

Following the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, local authorities now have to keep a register of all Deposits of Statements, Maps and Declarations under Section 31(6) of the Highways Act 1980 (31A) as amended by the Commons (Registration of Town or Village greens) and Dedicated Highways (Landowner Statements & Declaration) (England) Regulations 2013.

These registers are available to view electronically at the links below. Documents have been redacted to obscure sensitive information, however, full paper copies are available to view during normal office working hours at the Bracknell Forest Council offices at Time Square. Copies of any of the information contained in the register can be taken, but there will be a reasonable photocopying charge for this service.

The register of Section 31(6) deposits contains information about each deposit and declaration that has been made under Section 31(6) of the Highways Act 1980, including the name of the person making the deposit, a description of the area it covers, and the date it was made or renewed. Deposits must be renewed every twenty years to remain valid.

Current list of Section 31(6) deposits

Landholdings: Chawridge Bank and Wildmoor Heath

Details of this deposit are:

Landholdings: Wildmoor Heath and Chawridge Bank

  • date of deposit: 3/11/2014
  • owner of landholdings: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust
  • OS grid ref - centre of sites:
    • Chawridge SU 893 738
    • Wildmoor Heath north parcel SU 847 631
    • Wildmoor Heath south parcel SU 841 624
  • parishes:
    • Chawridge - Warfield Parish
    • Wildmoor N - Crowthorne Parish and Sandhurst Town
    • Wildmoor S - Sandhurst Town
  • PDF file downloadBBOWT deposit of statement 3 November 2014 (PDF, 2963kb)

Landholdings: Land on north side of London Road, Binfield, Bracknell

Details of this deposit are:

Landholdings: Fisher’s Copse, Wellingtonia Avenue, Crowthorne

Details of this deposit are:

Landholding: Billingbear Farm, Binfield

Details of this deposit are:

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