Update 2018

15-16 October 2018


IPROW’s Update is a conference style event with a series of presentations, primarily from members, about recent 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.

Exhibitors 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.

Annual General Meeting

There will be an IPROW Annual General Meeting at 17.45 on Monday 15 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.


13.30 Registration opens in the Conference Room foyer
14.00 President’s Welcome Jayne Benson
14.05 Transport and Works Act order process Robin Carr, Consultant
15.10 Creative approachs to level crossing closures David Shorrocks, Network Rail
16.15 Break
16.45 Improving access in the Lower Calder valley Claire Tregembo, Leeds
17.45 IPROW Annual General Meeting
19.30 Dinner  
08.30 Registration for day delegates opens  
09.00 President’s Welcome  
09.05 1.       Case law review George Laurence QC, New Square Chambers
2.       BS5709:2018 Gaps gates and stiles in practice Bob Fenton, Hertfordshire
10.30 Break with trade exhibitions  
11.00 1.       Making the Definitive Map definitive David Brookes, Northumberland
2.       Evaluating access in the EIA process—your input to national guidance Mike Furness, Consultant
12.30 Lunch in the Dining Room, coffee/tea in the conference Bar with trade exhibitions
13.45 1.       Attributing value to lapsed or incomplete S31(6) deposits George Laurence QC
2.       Agriculture and access—how can we make the most of Brexit? Stephen Russell, Ramblers
15.15 Plenary roundup and vision for the next year
15.45 Close

The times and scheduling of speakers may change.

Description of Topics

An overview of the processes and challenges arising from use of the Transport and Works Act for multiple level crossing closures by Network Rail in the Anglia region, which resulted in three substantial Inquiries each running into weeks rather than days with substantial input from local authority Rights of Way teams.

Network Rail’s desire to close level crossings can be a catalyst for wider improvements to rights of way by upgrading footpaths or removal of stiles; considering diversions where an alternative offers increases potential use, and compromise between users.  David will also talk about landowners as friend or foe and how helpful are public consultations before a formal application.

Improving access in the Lower Calder valley; a project arising from regeneration and development which has incorporated public access facilities.

Case law over the last couple of years has provided some significant judgments which George Laurence will discuss.

BS5709:2018 Gaps gates and stiles has been considerably improved and updated.  Bob Fenton explains how it is intended to work in practice and its benefits to officers seeking compliance and improvement.

Making the Definitive Map definitive The application of political persuasion and process to meet the 2026 deadline for recording the status of all rights of way on the Definitive Map and Statement.

Environmental Impact Assessments are a central part of the development consent process for nationally significant infrastructure projects some of which—think of HS2—will impact upon countryside access over huge areas, yet there is no approved guidance available as to how the impact upon rights of way, open spaces and their users should be assessed. This workshop will review the current situation and then ask for your input into how we ensure that access is given due weight and what should go into a national standard for assessment.

Section 31(6) declarations can materially affect an application for a modification order. George Laurence considers the weight to give an incomplete, lapsed or faulty deposit.

Agriculture and access after Brexit will provide an update on work undertaken and current position of the Ramblers and other user groups to use Brexit to establish a system of agricultural payments that support public access. Discussion is expected to give rise to a paper covering the views explored.


Clayton Hotel, Leeds

The Clayton is ten minutes walk from Leeds railway station and is just off junction 1 of the M621. Parking is available at the hotel for a special rate of £6.


Prices below are exclusive of VAT

Dinner £17 and/or B&B (single occupancy) £58 are available to day delegates

Full delegate resident
Members £320*
Non-members £420
Non-resident minus £75 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.

To book a place contact Geri Coop, training@iprow.co.uk

Book a Place

Contact Geri Coop training@iprow.co.uk for a booking form and to reserve your place.