The Glover Landscapes Review

By Anne Henshaw
22nd February 2022

The government is consulting on its response to the Glover Landscapes Review. We want to alert everyone concerned  to the consultation’s questions on recreational motor vehicular use – usually 4x4s and motorbikes – of unsealed rural tracks commonly known as ‘green lanes’ – i.e. Byways Open to All Traffic (BOATs) and Unsealed Unclassified Roads (UURs), shown on the OS map as ‘Other Routes with Public Access’ (ORPAs).

We know from our work with many Parish Councils and local communities that recreational vehicle use of both BOATs and UURs is a serious issue, damaging precious landscapes all over the country, including in AONBs and national parks, and causing nuisance, sometimes danger, for residents, non-motorised users, farmers and landowners. It is also clear that the current legislative framework for controlling use of recreational motor vehicles on unsealed tracks in the countryside is failing.

Our local CPRE areas include the North Wessex Downs  AONB and the Cotswolds AONB.   Whatever is the case in your area, we hope that you will want to take part in the current consultation and will want to support the prospect of legislation to prohibit recreational motoring on green lanes.

A flooded “green lane” due to vehicular use

The government’s response to the Glover review and the online consultation on its response are at Government response to the Landscapes Review – Defra – Citizen Space . The questions on green lane vehicle use are questions 13 to 17. Question 16 asks specifically whether green lane motoring on UURs should be restricted, by law. The case for answering ‘Yes: everywhere’ seems to us to be compelling. We hope that you will agree.

The consultation closes on 9 April.

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