Annual Update 2019


IPROW’s Update is a conference style event with a series of presentations, primarily from members, about recent questions arising, innovations or initiatives, intended to provoke thought, discussion and opportunities for review or change of practice.

The programme will include a wide spectrum of topics of current interest, keeping you abreast of change and offering the potential to make savings through improvements to processes.

Trade stands will provide the opportunity to catch up with the latest innovations in path furniture, signs and software.

Early bookings by members as full delegate will attract a discount if received before 1 July.

To book, please contact Geri Coop for a booing form.

Keynote speaker

As 2019 marks seventy years since the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949, we are honoured to welcome Lord Hoffmann, a retired judge who served as a Law Lord from 1995 to 2009. While he is most commonly referenced in company law and intellectual property law, his judgment in Sunningwell brings him to our notice in rights of way .  We look forward to his review of the landmark rights of way cases of the last seventy years encountered in his work as a barrister, QC and judge.

Lord Hoffmann will be introduced by George Laurence, QC, an Honorary Fellow of IPROW.



  • Optimising use of volunteers in maintenance and Definitive Map — Adam Taylor, Medway Council
  • MENE dashboard for your county, and other data sources: making the case for public rights of way — Pippa Langford, Natural England
  • IPROW’s work
    • Memorandum of Understanding on rail crossings
    • Annual Return of ROW Management Data


  • Landmark case law since NPACA49 — Lord Hoffmann introduced by George Laurence QC


  • Risk assessment of under-resourcing in all elements of rights of way and access work — panel of rights of way service managers and barristers
  • Impact of 2026 cut-off on authorities and users — Will Steel, IPROW

There are two split sessions in the afternoon, choice between 1 or 2 in each period.

  • 1. Modification Order applications for unclassified roads — Richard Cuthbert, Hertfordshire
  • 2. Accommodating horse-drawn carriages — Geri Coop, British Horse Society
  • 1. Basic Evidence Level for processing Schedule 14 applications — Rosalinde Emrys-Roberts, Stakeholder Working Group, Hugh Craddock
  • 2. Cost vs longevity of bridges and other furniture — Chris Miller, Lincolnshire

Annual General Meeting

There will be an IPROW Annual General Meeting at 17.00 on Monday 14 October and the opportunity to discuss the work and future of IPROW. AGMs are informal and tend to be short and members are strongly encouraged to stay for the meeting so that decisions are representative of as much of the membership as possible.

Derby Conference Centre

Derby Conference Centre is about thirty minutes walk, five minutes by taxi, from the mainline rail station at Derby; about forty minutes, depending on traffic, from the M1.

Buses and taxis are available from the station. Taxi sharing will be facilitated.

Please note that accommodation at the Conference Centre is limited. Book early to ensure a room a the Centre.  Alternative accommodation is available within a short distance and will be booked independently by delegates for bookings after the Centre is full.

Prices below are exclusive of VAT

Full delegate resident
Members £335*
Non-members £435
Non-resident minus £56 B&B £23 dinner from above
Day delegate
Members £195
Non-members £295
*Early Bird discount of £50 available for full delegate member bookings received by 1 July with purchase order or payment and completed booking form. (Applies to resident or non-resident members booking both days.)

To book a place contact Geri Coop, for a booking form.

Hourly Schedule


13.30 -
Registration opens in the Lounge
14.00 -
President’s Welcome
17.45 -
IPROW Annual General Meeting
19.30 -


8.30 -
Registration for day delegates opens
9.00 -
President’s Welcome
Chris Miller
15.15 -
Plenary roundup and vision for the next year
15.45 -
Chris Miller


Oct 14 2019 - Oct 15 2019


8:00 am - 6:00 pm


Members £335, Non-members £435


The Derby Conference Centre
London Road, Derby, Derbyshire, DE24 8UX