Permanent Highway Closure (Stopping Up)

Stopping up is the legal process used to close a section of road or footpath. This is required whether it is a small strip which would narrow part of the footway (pavement) to a whole road.

All public rights of way, whether open to vehicles, horse riders, cyclists or pedestrians are highways. A highway is land over which the public has a right of passage. 

Footpaths and bridleways are known as public paths. Local authorities and the Secretary of State for Transport have powers to create, divert or extinguish highways and public paths.

Please note that any land, even if privately owned, which is open and accessible for people to cross, is potentially a public right of way.

There are two main ways to stop up.

S247 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (most applications use this)

This allows for a closure to enable a development with planning permission to take place.
The process is as follows:

  • Application validation
  • Internal Consultation
  • Internal Report to approve formal consultation
  • Formal Consultation for 4 weeks
  • If no objections / objections withdrawn order can be made
  • If there are objections letter is written to the Mayor of London / GLA to see if a public inquiry is required
  • If a public inquiry is required, the inspectors report is sent to Council and based on the report a final decision is made.
  • If a public inquiry is not required the order can be made.

S116 of the Highways Act 1980

This allows for a closure where the road is unnecessary or a nearer or more commodious (convenient) alternative will be provided.

The process is as follows:

  • Application validation
  • Internal Consultation
  • Internal Report to approve formal consultation
  • Formal Notification / Consultation
  • Hearing at Magistrates court
  • Case put forward by Council
  • Objections and other views heard by magistrates
  • Order made by magistrates or not

Please note that the Council charge for this process if you would like to apply for a stopping up please e-mail EngineeringServiceReplies@camden.gov.uk and an officer will phone you to discuss your application.

Please note: the Council advise that if applying for planning permission which will require a stopping up, it should be made clear during the planning process.

Active road closures

Active road closures in the London Borough of Camden

Date Location Description Notice (PDF)
17th December 2020 Land on the forecourt outside 1 Hampshire Street Stopping Up of Highways Number 2 2020 Notice (PDF)
14th October 2020

Land at the junction of Tottenham Court Road and Grafton Road

Stopping Up of Highways Number 3 2018 Notice (PDF)
23 September 2020 Forecourt outside 1 Hampshire Street

THE STOPPING UP OF HIGHWAYS

NUMBER 2 ORDER 2020

Notice (PDF)
30 July 2020

Land Outside 150 Holborn (Junction with Grays Inn Road)

THE STOPPING UP OF HIGHWAYS

NUMBER 1 ORDER 2020

 

Notice (PDF)
4 June 2020 Laxton Place and Longford Street Part

THE STOPPING UP OF HIGHWAYS

NUMBER 1 ORDER 2019

Notice (PDF)
12 March 2020       Footpath between Croftdown Road and Chester Road

THE STOPPING UP OF HIGHWAYS

NUMBER 2 ORDER 2019

Notice (PDF)
6 December 2018       Land Adjacent to 35 York Way  

THE STOPPING UP OF HIGHWAYS

NUMBER 5 ORDER 2018

Notice (PDF)
17 May 2018     Chester Gate (Part)  

THE STOPPING UP OF HIGHWAYS

NUMBER 3 ORDER 2018

Notice (PDF)
26 April 2018       Maitland Park Villas, Maitland Park Open Space, Grafton Terrace (Part)

THE STOPPING UP OF HIGHWAYS NUMBER 2

ORDER 2018

Notice (PDF)
26 April 2018   Agar Grove (Part), Agar Grove Estate Road  

THE STOPPING UP OF HIGHWAYS

NUMBER 1 ORDER 2018

Notice (PDF)
22 February 2018     Hampstead Green (Part) and Royal Free Access Road  

THE STOPPING UP OF HIGHWAYS

NUMBER 1 ORDER 2018

Notice (PDF)
21 Sept 2017     Footpath between Chalton Street and Ossulston Street, Part of Ossulston Street    

THE STOPPING UP OF HIGHWAYS

NUMBER 2 ORDER 2017

Notice (PDF)
29 Sept 2016       Euston Road (Part)  

THE STOPPING UP OF HIGHWAYS

NUMBER 4 ORDER 2016

Notice (PDF)
29 Sept 2016   High Holborn, Museum Street (Part)    

THE STOPPING UP OF HIGHWAYS

NUMBER 3 ORDER 2016

Notice (PDF)
29 Sept 2016         St Giles High Street (Under Centrepoint Bridge)

THE STOPPING UP OF HIGHWAYS

NUMBER 2 ORDER 2016

Notice (PDF)
3 June 2016     Denmark Place    

THE STOPPING UP OF HIGHWAYS

NUMBER 1 ORDER 2016

Notice (PDF)
24 Dec 2015       Upper Park Road 

THE STOPPING UP OF HIGHWAYS

NUMBER 3 ORDER 2015

Notice (PDF)
1 October 2015     New Oxford Street & St Giles High Street    

THE STOPPING UP OF HIGHWAYS

NUMBER 2 ORDER 20

Notice (PDF)

13 August 2015       
Haven Street 

THE STOPPING UP OF HIGHWAYS

NUMBER 4 ORDER 2015

Notice (PDF)
21 May 2015     Torbay Street and Leybourne Road    

THE STOPPING UP OF HIGHWAYS

NUMBER 1 ORDER 2015

Notice (PDF)