Northamptonshire Local Access Forum

Local Access Forums (LAFs) are advisory bodies that provide independent advice on public access to land, for recreational and other functional and utility purposes.​

Local Access Forums

Local Access Forums were established under the Countryside and Rights of Way (CRoW) Act 2000 and they have a legal function to give advice to a collection of bodies/organisations, which are known as section 94(4) bodies and include:

  • the appointing authority, including the local highways authority or National Park authority
  • any county, unitary, district or borough council within the area of the LAF
  • any Secretary of State (or government department)
  • Natural England
  • the Forestry Commission
  • English Heritage
  • Sport England
  • any parish or town council for any part of the area in which a LAF is established

Our role and responsibilities

The function of the Northamptonshire Local Access Forum (NLAF) is to advise Northamptonshire County Council, as appointing authority for the area, regarding matters affecting public access within the County.

The main remit of the group is to advise the county council, as well as district and borough councils, on the management of the county's public rights of way. The advice of the group is to ensure the continued improvement and protection of public rights of way in Northamptonshire for the purposes of open air recreation and the enjoyment of the countryside.

Recent topics of discussion have included the government's proposals for the new high speed rail network (HS2), the A43 Corby Link Road, the A509 Isham Bypass and Natural England's Paths for Communities (P4Cs) funding project.

Download the Terms of Reference below for further information about our role and responsibilities:

Membership Renewal

The correct administration of the NLAF means that each member must be uninstated and re-elected after a maximum of a 3 year period to keep the group open and fair.

Membership of the NLAF may be applied for from Northamptonshire County Council, whose responsibility it is to ensure there is a reasonable balance in the representation of the interests of public access user groups and landowner/occupier groups.

Members must serve in a personal capacity to represent public interests rather than the views of any particular organisations.

Current membership

  • John Shenfield (Acting Chair)
  • Dave Knight
  • Lisa Fell
  • Paul Bush
  • Robert Martin
  • Sandra James
  • Chris Glasspool

Members of the public are usually entitled to attend meetings, however we are currently looking to welcome new members to the Forum.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Northamptonshire Local Access Forum, please contact the Secretary using the details in the further information section below.

Meeting minutes 

Future meeting dates in 2015 - 2016

  • 13 May 2016 - cancelled
  • 15 July 2016
  • 9 September 2016
  • 11 November 2016

Further information

For all enquiries please contact Karen MacLeavy, Secretary for NLAF at

Natural England supports and co-ordinates the work of Local Access Forums at a regional level across the country. Further information and guidance is available on the Government website using the link below.