The last assault on England's commons?
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Thu Oct 25 19:26:36 BST 2012
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Town and village green registration regime changes mooted
Roger Milne, Planning Portal, 25th October 2012
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has proposed a shake-up of the town and
village green (TVG) registration regime to weed out proposals designed to
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said the reforms
would see town and village green applications excluded for land which has
planning permission (or a publicised planning application) or is identified
for potential development in a local or neighbourhood plan (including draft
“There are already well over 4,000 existing TVGs and they will retain full
protection,” Defra said. “TVGs can continue to be registered where no
development is either proposed or the subject of ongoing community
The new arrangements are the subject of consultation and the plans are
incorporated in the Growth and Infrastructure Bill, just published.
The proposed legislation would also see the introduction of landowner
statements and enhanced fees for applications to amend registers under Part
1 of the Commons Act 2006.
The minister said: “Town and village greens are cherished community spaces,
and it’s absolutely right they continue to have the strongest protection.
“Yet the system can be abused to stop developments like affordable housing
from being built. We’re stamping down on the abuse of this law that can
effectively shut local communities out of deciding what development is right
Find out more about the Town and Village Greens reforms.
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