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

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

Ann Scott, 72, who lives over 200 miles away in Norfolk, submitted the declare which can be thought of by Somerset County Council. 

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

The Act is predicted to enable owners better powers of attraction towards claims for rights of approach on their land.

Following Mrs Beeny’s Channel 4 present New Life within the Country, which documented the development of her property close to Bruton, Mrs Scott hopes that involving her in the precise of approach debate will increase the profile of her marketing campaign. 

She introduced the appliance after battling an eight-year declare made on her personal property, which she stated 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 through Sarah Beeny’s (left) former dairy farm in Somerset which can be thought of by Somerset County Council

Mrs Scott described it as ‘unlucky’ that she had to do the identical factor that had been finished to her and stated she ‘would not bear her any grudges’ in the direction of Mrs Beeny.  

She stated: ‘Sarah Beeny confirmed all her planning permission issues on her tv programme and we thought “if you’ve got the problem, you might actually solve it on television”.

‘We may get some publicity and other people may suppose, “hang on a minute you can do that?”

‘It could be very clear to me that the final public ought to be made conscious of a attainable “nightmare” on the horizon if they’ve been earmarked on the Ramblers “lost 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 finished 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 steadiness for so long as the council deems.’ 

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

Mrs Scott, who beforehand made an analogous declare on Boris Johnson’s household property on Exmoor, stated: ‘The complete system will not be 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 exterior Bruton, Somerset, the place Ms Beeny beforehand utilized for planning permission to develop a farmhouse

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

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

‘The solely approach you may get individuals to hear now’s to say we will use the identical standards and we may declare on the land of people that we expect the public may hear 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 essentially the most unofficial paths. 

Volunteers in contrast historic maps with official data which councils have been required to draw up within the Nineteen Fifties, 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 have been found.  

The county’s council said it presently has a backlog of round 366 purposes below Definitive Map Modifications Orders.

It not too long ago took on extra members of workers to assist handle these purposes.

Mrs Beeny with her family. Following her Channel 4 show New Life in the Country, Mrs Scott hopes that involving her in the right of way debate would raise the profile of her campaign

Mrs Beeny along with her household. Following her Channel 4 present New Life within the Country, Mrs Scott hopes that involving her in the precise of approach debate would increase the profile of her marketing campaign

A spokesman stated: ‘We proceed to make good progress in figuring out purposes.’

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

‘It allows thousands and thousands of us yearly to discover our wonderful countryside and join with nature, and the Ramblers is devoted to defending it.

‘However, we’re not trying 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 few of the paths recognized by our volunteers can have been legally extinguished or diverted, and we do not need to declare rights of approach that go through buildings or runways, or are of no sensible use and lead nowhere.

‘With so many unmapped rights of approach, we at the moment are specializing in prioritising the paths which might be essentially the most helpful or vital; those who enhance the community and make strolling simpler and extra pleasing for as many individuals as attainable – one thing that has change into extra vital than ever through the Covid-19 pandemic.’

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

MailOnline has reached out to Mrs Beeny’s consultant for remark. 


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button