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Leading us up the garden path

July 2, 2014

Outrageous the way this government is attacking countryside protection legislation.


Yet again we find that this government has acted on prejudice not evidence.

When the Growth and Infrastructure Bill was going through parliament, ministers claimed that the number of applications for village greens was increasing and that people were abusing the process to prevent development.  Once land is registered as a green, local people have rights of recreation there and nineteenth-century legislation prevents the land from being encroached on.

At the time we argued that Defra’s surveys did not back up these allegations.  Parliamentary questions in 2012 showed that the number of applications was decreasing.  The data had only been gathered up to September 2011 and it was clearly inadequate.  We have been pressing ever since for more up to date figures.

Biennial survey
Yesterday we got them.  Defra published its biennial survey of all commons registration authorities (who are responsible for registering greens) for the period 2011 to November 2013…

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