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Register of Common Land, Town or Village Greens

The register is a statutory register open for inspection by any member of the public during reasonable office hours and an appointment is required. There is no charge for this service.

If you would like more information or you wish to make an appointment to view, please contact us by email at dec@leeds.gov.uk.

Common land is land usually in private ownership that now or in the past has had common rights over it. Common land is generally open, unfenced and remote particularly in the upland areas of England and Wales.

Town and village greens share a similar history to common land.  They are defined separately for the purposes of the Commons Registration Act 1965. Village greens are usually areas of land within defined settlements or geographical areas which local inhabitants can go onto for the exercise of lawful sports and pastimes. Typically these might include organised or ad-hoc games, picnics, fetes, dog-walking and other similar activities. Whilst land forming town or village greens may be privately owned, many greens are owned and maintained by local parish or town councils.

We keep a register of commons and towns or village greens. You can apply for an official search of the register by ticking Enquiry 22 on Form Con29(O) Optional Enquiries which relates to Common Land and Village Greens. Usually a solicitor will fill this in and submit it to us although you can do this yourself. An Alternative sources for data document (PDF 49.6KB), used to answer Con29R and O Forms, is available from the Documents section of this page. For fees please see the Local Land charges page.



Applications to register Town or Village Greens


One key component of the criteria for registering new town or village greens under section 15(1) of the Commons Act 2006 is that the land has been used 'as of right' (which means without permission, without force and without secrecy) for at least 20 years.

From 1 October 2013 the law has been amended to enable a landowner to deposit a Landowner Statement accompanied by a map, which brings an end to any period of recreational use 'as of right' over the land to which the statement and map relate.

Should you have any queries in respect of existing registrations or require any information with regard to the procedure for making and application to register a new town or village green under the Commons Act 2006, or should you wish to make an application to register a Landowner Statement, please email PROW@leeds.gov.uk for a copy of the application form, notes of guidance and details of the fees payable.

An electronic version of the Register (XLS 93KB) is available from the Documents section on this page.



Currently Publicised Town or Village Green Applications


NOTICE OF PUBLICATION OF VILLAGE GREEN APPLICATION
GLEDHOW FIELD, GLEDHOW PRIMARY SCHOOL, LEEDS 8
(REFERENCE A76/JL/VG217)

On 4 August 2015 an Application was submitted to Leeds City Council, in its role as Commons Registration Authority, for registration of land known as Gledhow Field, Gledhow Primary School, Leeds 8 as a Town or Village Green pursuant to Section 15 of the Commons Act 2006.

It is the role of Leeds City Council, acting in its role as the Commons Registration Authority, to publicise village green applications and to serve them on any persons with an interest in the Site who are affected by the application, or may be likely to wish to object to the application.

A Notice publicising the Application dated 24 March 2016 was, therefore, posted in various locations around the Application Site and also advertised in the Yorkshire Post.

The following documents are available from the Documents section of this page:

Any person wishing to object to the registration of the Site as a Town or Village Green should send a signed statement of the facts on which the objection is based, addressed to Development Team, Legal Services, Leeds City Council, Civic Hall, Leeds LS1 1UR by Thursday 12 May 2016.



Commencement of corrective applications under the Commons Act 2006


From the 1 December 2014 the government will bring into force two parts of the Commons Act 2006 which will allow the rectification of the Village Green and Commons Registers in limited circumstances.

People will have the power to apply to Leeds City Council to amend the registers of common land and TVGs under Section 19(2)(a) of the Commons Act 2006 to correct a mistake made by your authority (or its predecessors); and under paragraphs 6 to 9 of Schedule 2 of the Commons Act 2006 to remove buildings/land that were wrongly registered either as common land or town or village green.

The Guidance on how these applications should be made and how they will be processed will be available from the DEFRA website.

Section 19(2)(a) states that people can apply to correct a mistake made by the Commons Registration Authority in making or amending an entry in the register. This would be a mistake in law by the Registration Authority or a mistake in registering land that was not in the original application plan. There will be no charge for these applications. For all for applications made under paragraphs 6 -9 of Schedule 2 of the Commons Act 2006, a fee of £1000 is payable to Leeds City Council.​​​

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