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Village Greens

Section 15 of the Commons Act 2006 allows people in principle to apply to their local council (the registration authority) to register virtually all land in England and Wales (even land covered by water) as a town or village green. Such applications have increased in recent years, as knowledge of the application process has spread. The subject has generated a great deal of important case law, including at the House of Lords (now Supreme Court).

Registration as a town or village green effectively prevents the land from being developed. If the application is contested or is controversial, the registration authority often holds a public inquiry into the application presided over by a person appointed as an Inspector. Several members of Chambers specialise in Commons Act 2006 matters. They have advised applicants, landowners and registration authorities on the application process and have appeared at associated inquiries (including as Inspectors).


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