Town and village greens—registration, rectification, correction and deregistration
Produced in partnership with Stephen Morgan of Landmark Chambers

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—registration, rectification, correction and deregistration
  • Need for registration
  • Not registered
  • Limitations of registration
  • Alternative land protection
  • Commons registration authorities and the introduction of separate processes for pioneer and non-pioneer areas
  • Government guidance
  • Inspecting the register
  • Content of registers
  • Registering a TVG
  • More...

Town and village greens—registration, rectification, correction and deregistration

This Practice Note deals with amendments to the register of town and village greens (TVGs) by way of correction, rectification and deregistration in England and Wales, in both the pioneer and non-pioneer areas.

For guidance on:

  1. what constitutes a TVG and the statutory criteria for registration, see Practice Note: What is a town or village green?

  2. the procedural requirements for making an application to register a TVG, see Practice Note: Town and village greens—making an application to register a TVG

  3. the impact of TVGs on development, see Practice Note: Town or village greens—property development

  4. the creation and registration of common land, see Practice Note: Creation and registration of common land

Need for registration

The Commons Registration Act 1965 (CRA 1965) introduced a new requirement for a permanent, conclusive record of the extent of common land and TVGs and rights of common exercisable over any such land. Local authorities were responsible for adding land to the commons registers. Since the coming into force of CRA 1965, all land in England and Wales which is common land or a TVG and all rights of common over such land must be registered under CRA 1965 or the Commons Act 2006 (CoA 2006). If not, the rights of common are not exercisable.

CRA 1965, s 10 (applicable except in relation to the pilot areas) provides

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