Claiming a new town or village green
The Commons Act 2006 allows for applications to be made to register land as a new village green. You will need to show that the land in question has been used:
- for a period of at least 20 years
- for the purposes of lawful sports and pastimes
- ‘As of right’ (for example, without force, secrecy or permission)
- by the inhabitants of a locality, or a neighbourhood within a locality
Alternatively, a landowner may voluntarily register land as a new village green, in which case, it is not necessary to demonstrate a set period of use.
If the land you wish to register as a village green is close to the county border or to Brighton & Hove, other local authorities may be responsible for dealing with your application. To check which local authority is responsible, please contact:
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