Reform of law for registration of new town and village greens moves closer

The Government has published its Growth and Infrastructure Bill on the Parliament website, which includes reforms to the law concerning the registration of new town and village greens:

http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2012-13/growthandinfrastructure.html

Developers will be pleased to note the proposal that land subject to planning permission, or identified for potential development in a local or neighbourhood plan cannot be subject to registration as a new town or village green.

Landowners will be similarly pleased to note the proposal that they be allowed to lodge "landowner statements" in order to end the use of their land by local inhabitants without permission, giving them the means to scupper applications for new town and village green registration in appropriate cases.

Defra will publish a summary of responses to the consultation shortly, and if the Bill is implemented it will be increasingly difficult to bring a successful application for registration of land as a new town or village green.

by Amy Rogers, Associate