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Deregulation Act

The Deregulation Bill, which includes various rights of way provisions affecting England (sections 20 to 26 and Schedule 7), has now received Royal Assent and thus become the Deregulation Act 2015. The Act can be viewed, and downloaded, here.

The Government's current expectation is that the rights of way provisions in the Bill, together with other changes as part of its so-called "rights of way reform package", will be implemented in April 2016. However as this will be after the general election in May 2015, when and how the provisions will be implemented will be for the new government to decide.

Analysis and commentary by John Trevelyan on the government's "rights of way reform package", of which the changes being made by the Act form part, is available to download here. A complementary document showing the legislation as it will be once the package is implemented is available to download here. These two documents have been revised (in late March 2015) from previous versions to reflect the Bill becoming an Act.