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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)

The Commons Registration Authority (“CRA”) is in the course of processing the above application.

In this regard the CRA has notified the Applicant and the main Objectors that the following timetable shall apply:

  • The full response of the Applicant to all grounds of objection, together with any further evidence is to be received by the CRA by no later than Monday 19 September 2016.

  • This response will be copied to the main Objectors, who may submit further comments and evidence to the CRA by no later than Monday 24 October 2016.

  • Any such comments and evidence will be copied to the Applicant, who may in turn submit comments in response to the CRA by no later than Monday 7 November 2016.

  • Any comments in response made by the Applicant will be copied to the main Objectors for information purposes only. This will conclude the exchange of evidence process.

This page will be updated accordingly should any amendment to this timetable become necessary.

At the end of this process, the CRA will undertake a review of all the evidence for the purpose of determining how the application should thereafter proceed.

All parties, including individual objectors, will be notified in advance by the CRA of any formal proceedings that are to take place.


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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