Common Land

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered at on 16 November 2010.

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Photo of Alan Keen Alan Keen Labour, Feltham and Heston

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many recommendations she received for the registration of new town and village greens in each of the last 10 years; how many new town and village greens were registered in each such year; and what size the town and village greens were in each case.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Commons registration authorities (county councils in two-tier local authority areas) are responsible for processing and determining applications to register land as a town or village green under section 15(1) of the Commons Act 2006.

The figures in the following table are estimates derived from surveys of commons registration authorities in England, and scaled up accordingly. The data include registrations made under section 13(b) of the Commons Registration Act 1965 (the predecessor to section 15(1) of the 2006 Act), but do not include registrations made on a voluntary application by the owner under section 15(8) of the 2006 Act. There are no national data available for 2000-02.

Greens registered
2009 (to end of September) 17
2008 26
2007 18
2006 8
2005 30
2004 9
2003 10

No data are collected centrally on the size of registered greens. However, a sample study of 25 greens registered between 2001 and 2009 found that the median size was 0.3 hectares.

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