Planning and Development Act 2000
Compulsory powers for creation of public rights of way.
207.—(1) If it appears to the planning authority that there is need for a public right of way over any land, the planning authority may, by resolution, make an order creating a public right of way over the land.
(2) (a) Where a planning authority proposes to make an order under this section, it shall—
(i) serve a notice (which shall include particulars of the proposed order) of its intention to do so on the owner and the occupier of the land over which the public right of way is proposed to be created and on any other person who in its opinion will be affected by the creation of the public right of way, and
(ii) cause notice of the proposed order to be published in one or more newspapers circulating in its functional area.
(b) A notice under paragraph (a)(i) shall be accompanied by a map indicating the public right of way to be created.
(3) A notice under subsection (2) shall state that—
(a) the planning authority proposes to make an order creating the public right of way, and
(b) submissions or observations regarding the proposed order may be made to the planning authority within a stated period of not less than 6 weeks and that the submissions or observations will be taken into consideration by the planning authority.
(4) The planning authority, having considered the proposal and any submissions or observations made in respect of it, may by resolution, as it considers appropriate, make the order, with or without modifications, or refuse to make the order and any person on whom notice has been served under subsection (2) shall be notified accordingly.
(5) Any person who has been notified of the making of an order under subsection (4) may appeal to the Board against the order within 4 weeks of being notified under that subsection.
(6) Where an appeal is brought under this section against an order, the Board may confirm the order with or without modifications or annul the order.
(7) An order under this section (other than an order which is annulled) shall take effect—
(a) in case no appeal against it is taken or every appeal against it is withdrawn before the expiration of the period for taking an appeal, on the expiration of the period for taking an appeal, or
(b) in case an appeal or appeals is or are taken against it and the appeal or appeals is or are not withdrawn during the period for taking an appeal, when every appeal not so withdrawn has been either withdrawn or determined.
(8) Particulars of a right of way created under this section shall be entered in the register.
(9) Any public right of way created under an enactment repealed by this Act that was in force immediately before the commencement of this section shall be deemed to have been made under this section.
Making, or refusing to make an order creating a public right of way over any land is a reserved function of local authorities as provided by Local Government Act 2001 (37/2001), ss. 131, 131A and sch. 14A part 2 item 16 as inserted (1.06.2014) by Local Government Reform Act 2014 (1/2014), s. 41(4) and sch. 3, S.I. No. 214 of 2014.