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March 18, 2013


As if the Growth and Infrastructure Bill’s attack on village greens wasn’t bad enough, the government now, at the eleventh hour, intends to make it even worse.

The bill has completed its passage through the House of Commons, and through committee in the House of Lords.  I have explained previously what its evil intentions are.  Now, at report stage in the Lords, the government is introducing its own amendments and has backed other amendments from Baroness Byford which will make it yet more difficult to register land as greens—even on land not affected by development, the focus of this bill.

The bill allows two months after royal assent before clause 14 and schedule 4 come into force.  These are the measures which ban applications to register development-land as greens.  On 12 March, on the second day of report in the Lords, the government moved amendments which would deny this two-month grace period…

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