Town and village greens—making an application to register a TVG
Produced in partnership with Stephen Morgan of Landmark Chambers
Town and village greens—making an application to register a TVG

The following Planning practice note Produced in partnership with Stephen Morgan of Landmark Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Town and village greens—making an application to register a TVG
  • Registration authorities
  • Legislation and guidance
  • Legislation
  • Guidance
  • Who can apply?
  • Exclusion of right to apply—‘trigger events’
  • Trigger events in England
  • Trigger events in Wales
  • Other exclusions relating to development
  • More...

Registration authorities

Applications for registration of a town and village green (TVG) are made to the registration authority for the area of land which is the subject of the TVG. This is usually the county council, unitary authority metropolitan district council or London borough. If the land comes under the jurisdiction of more than one registration authority, the application should be made to the authority within whose area the majority of the land lies.

Legislation and guidance

Legislation

Section 15 of the Commons Act 2006 (CoA 2006) sets out the statutory criteria for registration (see Practice Note: What is a town or village green?—Statutory requirements for registration).

The Commons (Registration of Town or Village Greens) (Interim Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2007, SI 2007/457 (the English CR Regulations) govern the procedure on applications for most of England, although applications for pioneer registration authorities in England are governed by the Commons Registration (England) Regulations 2014, SI 2014/3038 (the 2014 Regulations).

The pioneer registration authorities in England are:

  1. Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

  2. Cornwall Council

  3. Cumbria County Council

  4. Devon County Council

  5. County of Herefordshire District Council

  6. Hertfordshire County Council

  7. Kent County Council

  8. Lancashire County Council

  9. North Yorkshire County Council

In Wales, the Commons (Registration of Town or Village Greens) (Interim Arrangements) (Wales) Regulations 2007, SI 2007/2396 (the Welsh CR Regulations) govern the application procedure.

Guidance

Guidance notes on applying to register TVGs outside the pioneer areas are available

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