Applications to register land as Town or Village Green

Section 15 of the Commons Act 2006 changed the legal definition of a town or village green and sets out the qualifying circumstances in which land may be newly registered.  Essentially anyone can apply to have land registered as a green if it has been used by local people for recreation 'as of right' (ie.without permission, force or secrecy) for at least 20 years.

Section 15 also allows a specific period of grace, if recreational use 'as of right' is ended by the landowner, during which an application for registration as a green may be made.

An application will need to show that the land in question has been used: 

  • For a period of at least twenty years 
  • For the purposes of lawful sports and pastimes 
  • 'As of Right' (i.e. without force, secrecy or permission) 
  • By the inhabitants of a locality, or a neighbourhood within a locality

Alternatively, a landowner may voluntarily register land as a new village green, in which case it is not necessary to demonstrate a set period of use.

Please note there is currently no fee to make a Town or Village Green application. 

Application Form - CA9
Guidance - Town and village greens: how to register
Evidence Questionnaire (PDF 2MB)

Further information can be found on Defra's website and the Open Spaces Society

Pending Town and Village Green Applications
Reference Number Description of landGrid ReferenceApplication documentsStatus of application
NL0035Land at Warcop and Sandford


Plans (PDF 835KB)

NL0058Kingway and Glavehill, Dalston336942/549943

Plan (PDF 283KB)

CA9/4The Celtic, Walney Island318665/468036Plan (PDF 456KB)
CA9/5Rosgill Green, Rosgill354024/516955Plan (PDF 1380KB)