Village Greens

Since the 1990s there has been a huge upsurge in the number of village green applications under the Commons Registration Act 1965 and the Commons Act 2000. This reflects the increasing demands on green space, for new housing and other development. Public Law Solicitors specialises in village green law. We successfully conducted the leading case of Oxfordshire v Oxford City Council and Catherine Robinson [2006] UKHL 25  (the Trap Grounds case) in the House of Lords.

PLS has extensive experience of dealing with village green cases at all stages of the registration procedure. We have conducted a number of innovative cases involving non-traditional greens:

  • An application to register a lake which developers sought to use as a site for dumping waste from a power station. 
  • An application to register a beach. 
  • An application to register land in the middle of an inner city housing estate. 
  • An application to register land which had previously been used by a university as a sports field
PLS only acts for applicants, not for registration authorities or developers. We have developed well tested procedures for dealing with community groups which include flexible arrangements about funding. We have close working relationships with a wide range of expert counsel and with the Open Spaces Society.