Date: Sun 15 Nov 2020

14 December - Chichele footpaths public inquiry

The Planning Inspectorate has now fixed the date for the public inquiry into three new rights of way across Chichele field.

Due to COVID-19, the inquiry will take place virtually rather than a face to face event. It will be held using Microsoft Teams on Monday 14 December starting at 10am.

If you would like any more information, you are welcome to email us at

In June 2018, Surrey County Council recommended the new rights of way but the decision was then appealed by landowners and developers. The Planning Inspector holding the public inquiry will decide whether to confirm the rights of way.

We should stress that the footpaths remain closed to the public until and unless the Inspector rules otherwise.

OLRG made the application for the rights of way in 2013 after entrances to the field were blocked off with hoardimgs and barbed wire so that residents could no longer access the land. We collected 74 statements from residents about their long standing usage of the field and, in November 2013, submitted the rights of way application to Surrey County Council. The inquiry had been scheduled for April this year but was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Very many thanks to everyone who has given evidence and assisted with the application.