Rights of Way Improvement Plans are a statutory requirement under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.
Cambridgeshire’s first Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP) was adopted in 2006 as part of the Cambridgeshire Local Transport Plan 2006-2011. The Plan was formulated following considerable research, data gathering and extensive public and stakeholder consultation with the Local Access Forum playing a key part in the plan's development. The Plan is well used and is invaluable in helping to bring about improvements to the rights of way network and enhancing countryside access.
The Updated Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP) provides an update to the first ROWIP that was published in 2006. This Update summarises the progress made since the first ROWIP was adopted in 2006 and sets out future challenges for rights of way and countryside access to 2031 in the form of updated Statements of Action.
This update to the ROWIP formed part of the previously adopted Cambridgeshire Local Transport Plan (LTP3). The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, who now act as Local Transport Authority for the area, are developing the new LTP, the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Local Transport & Connectivity Plan (LTCP).
The ROWIP operates in conjunction with the LTCP and other transport strategies, including the Cambridgeshire Active Travel Strategy.