Town and village greens — additional trigger events to prevent applications to register TVGs

By Emma Porritt and James Garbett

Dvelopers and landowners have welcomed the government’s proposals under the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013, which has amended the Commons Act 2006 to prevent registration of land as a town or village green (TVG) once a ‘trigger event’ occurs. The right to apply for registration of the land as a TVG only becomes exercisable again if and when a corresponding ‘terminating event’ occurs.

In late 2013, the government consulted on proposals to amend the existing provisions to (i) introduce a long-stop terminating event in respect of some existing trigger events and (ii) to add further trigger events (and corresponding terminating events). It took forward all of those proposals and on 12 February 2014 brought into force The Commons (Town and Village Greens) (Trigger and Terminating Events) Order 2014…

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