The Definitive Map is the official map showing all legal public rights of way. Additions or alterations to the map can be made by means of a Definitive Map Modification Order (DMMO). An application for a DMMO can be summitted to Dorset Council based on historical or user evidence. The council's Definitive Map Team will carefully assess the application and decide whether there is sufficient evidence for a modification of the map. This is a lengthy process and can take many years. The government has set a deadline of 2031 for claims to be made.
Parish Councils and organisations like The Ramblers and The British Horse Society are endeavouring to submit applications for paths that are not legally recorded, and which have been historically used as a right of way, to potentially save them from being lost forever.
Yeohead & Castleton has submitted several applications. Details can be found on the Dorset Council DMMO website by searching under application number or parish.
DMMO Application at Pinford Lane
An application to modify the definitive map and statement of rights of way by adding a bridleway along the route known as Pinford Lane has been made to Dorset Council. This is a joint application from Yeohead & Castleton with Sherborne Town Council and Milborne Port Parish Council.
The application has been added to the Definitive Map Modification Order (DMMO) Register and will be dealt with in due course.
To find more details about the application click here: DMMO Register. Use the T reference T786 for the case.
Anyone who remembers walking or riding along any part of the lane in the past can support the application by submitting a user evidence statement to Dorset Council. A digital form is available here: User Evidence Statement. There are also printed copies of this user statement in the reception area at The Manor House if you would like one.