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Says Adrienne Yentis

Says Adrienne YentisA friend of mine recently was riding on the heath
and she came across a group of cattle strung out across the bridlepath with no way through – the only way off was to turn round. Fortunately her horse
remained calm throughout. But you can imagine how a nervous horse might react ........... read more

Commons Act 2006

Implementation of Part 1

A Briefing

Grant McPhee | Commons, Access and Inland Waterways | Landscape & Outdoor Recreation Programme | Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Says Grant McPhee

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Defra ministers announced via a Written Ministerial Statement published in Parliament that there will be a further implementation of Part 1 of the Commons Act 2006 in England. Part 1 allows for applications to be made to amend, correct and bring up-to-date the registers of common land and town and village greens.

There are two elements to the plan: firstly, to implement Part 1 in Cumbria and North Yorkshire. These authorities have the highest amount of commons and greens in the country so the opening of the registers would have the greatest impact in those areas. This will mean, when including the seven pioneer authorities already subject to Part 1, that 70% of the registered commons and greens in England is subject to Part 1.

The second element is to commence throughout England both section 19(2)(a) and Schedule 2, paragraphs 6 to 9, to allow for the correction of mistakes made by commons registration authorities and the removal of land that was wrongly registered as common or green under the Commons Registration Act 1965. When the registers were compiled in the late 1960s many properties were wrongly registered but have remained on the register ever since. The Government wants those anomalies to be resolved as soon as possible.

It will be possible to make applications in relation to both elements above from October this year.

Unfortunately Defra does not have sufficient resource to implement Part 1 across England. The further commencement of Part 1 will be reconsidered as soon as there are sufficient resources, which probably will be during the next Parliament at the earliest.

The Written Ministerial Statement can be found here.

Further information

More information about the 2006 Act is available here


Says Bob Milton

Says Bob Milton

"I see that the most controversial areas and those with most Government vested interest have been left out"

Says Linda WrightSays Linda Wright

We moved to a Shropshire location a year ago having surveyed the local OS map and noted the significant number of bridleways around the property. Sadly the map appears a total fiction. Scarce any of the bridleways are usable ........... read more

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