Highways: Stopping Up Orders
This series consists of Statutory instruments, some with seals and some with small plans, for the stopping up of highways under the Defence (General) Regulations 1939, the Requisitioned Land and War Works Act 1945, the Civil Aviation Acts 1946 and 1949, the Supplies and Services (Defence Purposes) Act 1951 and the Town and Country Planning Acts 1947, 1962, 1968 and 1971.
Before 1925, the only power to stop up or divert a highway existed under the 1835 Highways Act. The procedure under this Act was costly and protracted and in 1925, a departmental committee was appointed by the Home Secretary to consider legislation to replace the Act. A number of subsequent Acts provided alternative procedures for special purposes only, but the first Act to provide general powers to stop up highways was the Town and Country Planning Act of 1947.
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