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 have a legal function to give advice to a collection of bodies and organisations including:

  • 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 North Northamptonshire Council and West Northamptonshire Councils, as appointing authorities for the area, regarding matters affecting public access within the county.

The main remit of the group is to advise the unitary councils, along with other local authorities, 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.

NLAF Terms of Reference

Membership renewal

The correct administration of the NLAF means that each member must step down and be 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 Northants Highways, whose responsibility it is to ensure there is a reasonable balance in the representation of the interests of public access user groups and landowner and occupier groups.

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

Current membership

  • Bob Entwistle (Chair)
  • John Shenfield (Vice Chair)
  • David Cranwell
  • Fiona Rawlings
  • Kay Driver
  • Lisa Fell
  • Kathryn Barker
  • Robin Jones
  • Chris Shaw
  • Chris Glasspool
  • Tony Skirrow
  • Claire Marshall
  • Andrew Knapman

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

2021 minutes and agendas

Should you require a copy of the minutes or agendas for the years 2014 to 2020 please email

Further information

For all enquiries please contact Jacqui Williams, Secretary for NLAF:

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: