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Secretary to the Plymouth Local Access Forum
Chief Executives Department
Plymouth City Council
Plymouth PL1 2AA
Phone :
01752 307990
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Fax :
01752 304819


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Plymouth's Local Access Forum

What is Plymouth Local Access Forum?

Plymouth Local Access Forum (LAF) is an advisory body. Its statutory function is to advise as to the improvement of public access to land in Plymouth for open-air recreation and enjoyment. It was set up under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW).

Who can the LAF give advice to?

A Local Access Forum can be a very powerful influence on the organisations to which it gives advice. Whilst most advice is given to Plymouth City Council a Local Access Forum can give advice to a wide range of bodies.

Bodies to which statutory advice can be given include:

  • Any parish, county, unitary, district or borough council with it’s area
  • Any Secretary of State (that is to say and government department and their executive agencies so the MOD or the Planning Inspectorate for example)
  • Natural England
  • The Forestry Commission
  • Sport England (The English Sports Council)
  • English Heritage
  • Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Conservation Boards

When the forum gives advice to one of these bodies that advice is ‘statutory advice’. This does not mean that the body is required to follow it but they must take it into account in their decision making. Where the advice is not followed they should provide justification.

What can a Local Access Forum give advice on?

Although Plymouth City Council supports the forum and appoints its members the LAF is not part of the council. Therefore the LAF can set out its own priorities for discussion and may give advice on any topic that it considers relevant. The range of topics that might be discussed by a LAF is wide-ranging and varied.

How can I find out more about the Plymouth Local Access Forum?

The Plymouth forum has a dedicated Secretary who will be happy to answer your questions. You can contact the secretary on 01752 304163 or email

All forum meetings are open to the public and you can find out where and when the next meeting is on the agendas, meetings and minutes page along with copies of meeting minutes.