“Village Green” planning loopholes blocked
Towns and villages should find it easier to get the development they need after changes to the “village green” system.
“Village green” status protects land that is regularly used for recreation but according to the Government, loopholes in the system have increasingly been abused by people looking to stop local development.
The changes, which are aimed at preventing completely spurious “village green” applications, include:
Applications relating to land which is regularly used for local recreation will have to be made within a year of the land’s use, rather than two.
In addition, landowners will be able to protect land used for recreation being registered as a “village green” through new landowner statements.
The reforms form part of the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013, following the 2010 Penfold Review.