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General information about the registers of common land and town and village greens
Leicestershire County Council is the commons registration authority for Leicestershire and maintains the Registers of Common Land and Town and Village Greens.
The registers contain a variety of information about registered land (Common Land/Village Green), including a written description of the land, the recording of any rights of common exercisable over the land and details of ownership. There are also maps which show the extent of the registered land.
Common land is land owned by an individual, or individuals, over which certain other people have traditional rights. These rights mainly consist of the grazing of sheep and cattle, but they can also include the cutting of peat and turf, the taking of stones and wood, shooting rights and, in the case of bodies of water, fishing rights. The people who are able to exercise these rights are known as "commoners".
Town and village greens originate in customary law where long standing recreational use of land came to be recognised. Town and village greens are areas of land where local people have taken part in lawful sports and pastimes over a period of time. The lawful sports and pastimes may include organised or informal games, such as football or cricket, picnics, fetes, dog walking or other similar activities. A town or village green can be under private ownership but the majority of town or village greens are usually owned or maintained by town and parish councils.
Unlike common land there is no general right of public access over town or village greens, which is instead reserved for use by local people. There is no distinction in law between a town green and a village green.
Inspection of Registers
Work on the development of an online register is ongoing. In the interim appointments to view the registers held by the authority can be made by contacting the Legal Services Section on 0116 305 7982 or email Jane.X.Moore@leics.gov.uk.
Applications for Commons/Village Green registration
Anyone can apply to The County Council to register a town or village green. Please read the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) guidance on how to complete a town or village green application first. To apply to register a new town or village green you will need to complete the application form (Form 44), submit the correct Ordinance map and supporting evidence.
The evidence required to register town or village greens has to prove that the land has been lawfully used for 20 years for sports and pastimes by a significant group of people in the neighbourhood or locality.
Applications should be submitted to the Director of Law and Governance (Ref AJC) Leicestershire County Council, County Hall, Glenfield, Leics, LE3 8RA Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Commons Act 2006 - Applications for correction of registers
The Commons Act 2006 came into force on 15 December 2014. It contains a number of amending provisions to earlier Commons and Village Green legislation. Not all of it currently applies to Leicestershire. It does now mean that in certain circumstances the County Council's registers may be amended to deal with the following:
Correct a mistake in the registers whether it has been made by the registration authority
Deregister buildings wrongly registered as common land or town or village green
Deregister other land wrongly registered as common land or town or village green
Application forms to be submitted to the Director of Law and Governance
The deadline for applications for correction/deregistration is currently 15 March 2027. In certain circumstances a fee is payable - see further information below under 'Details of Application fees'.
Commons Act 2006 - Restrictions on Village Green designation by Landowners- Applications to deposit a statement under S15A of the Commons Act 2006
The Commons (Registration of Town or Village Greens) and Dedicated Highways (Landowner Statements and Declarations) (England) Regulations 2013 come into force on 1 October 2013. The new Regulations provide for applications to deposit a statement and map under S15A(1) of the Commons Act 2006.
An application must be in the form set out Schedule 1 of the Regulations (Form CA16) and must be signed by every owner of land to which the application applies. The application must be accompanied by an Ordinance map at a scale of not less than 1:10560 or refer to a map previously deposited at the appropriate authority. This application must be accompanied by the correct fee as prescribed by that authority.
2. Permit combined applications under the Highways Act and the Commons Act
3. Set out the point at which an application is considered to have been deposited
An application made under the Commons Act is regarded as deposited when a valid application has been given to the appropriate authority. Applications made to the commons registration authority under both the Commons Act and the Highways Act are regarded as deposited when that application is left at the County Hall, Glenfield, LE3 8RA (Ref: Legal Services).
4. Defines the duties of the authority upon receipt of a valid application
Upon receipt of a valid application, the authority must publish notice of the application on its website, serve notice on anyone who has provided the authority with an email address for that purpose and must put the application on display at or near an obvious place of entry to the land for no less than 60 days. This notice must be in the form set out in Schedule 2 to the Regulations.
5. Sets out the duty of a commons registration authority to keep a register of applications made under the Commons Act
This is a requirement of The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 and Dedicated Highways(Register under S31A of the Highways Act 1980 (England) Regulations 2007) in addition to S15B(1) of the Commons Act. These state the information that the register must contain and the manner in which the register must be kept, specifically in both electronic and paper form. The electronic form must be made available on that authority’s website. If the information contains an error, that application may be removed from the website but only after 28 days’ notice has been given to the land owner prior to removal.
Work on the development of an online register is ongoing. In the interim arrangements to view the registers held by the authority can be made by contacting the Legal Services Section on 0116 305 7982 or email Jane.X.Moore@leics.gov.uk.
6. Payment of the correct fee.
Please see below under heading 'Details of Application Fees'
7. Submission of the Application form- Form CA16 can be downloaded online- see below
8. The Completed Form CA16 needs to be sent by post or delivered to:
Director of Law & Governance (Ref: AJC) Leicestershire County Council, County Hall, Glenfield, LE3 8RA Email: email@example.com Telephone: 0116 305 6169 Accompanied with the correct fee
Details of Application Fees
Provision under, or for the purposes of which, the application is made
Purpose of Application
Leicestershire County Council application fee
Section 19 of the Commons Act
Correction for the purposes of the Section 19(2)(a), of a mistake made by the CRA
Schedule 2, paragraphs 6-9 of the Commons Act
Correction for the purpose of Section 19(2)(a) of a mistake made by the CRA
Schedule 2, paragraphs 6-9 of the Commons Act
De-registration of certain land wrongly registered as a common land or as a town or village green
£1,500 An additional fee will be payable if the application is not straightforward and requires external legal advice, an informal hearing or public inquiry. These fees will be calculated on a costs recovery basis.
Section 15(A) (1) of the Commons Act-
Landowner application to restrict Village Green designation
£350 for a single plot application (up to ½ hectare) £600 for a joint Highways Act/Commons Act declaration Applications/declarations over ½ hectare contact Director of Law & Governance for details of additional fee
Notice of application CA(VG) 01/2018: Wigston Parva Village Green
Notice of application to correct mistaken registration of land as village green at Wigston Parva. Application reference number CA (VG) 01/2018.