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High Court Gives First Ever Ruling on Town or Village Green Trigger Event

Gregory Jones QC
Philip Petchey

This week in Cooper Estates Strategic Land v Wiltshire Council [2018] EWHC1704 (Admin) the high court has quashed a town/village green (TVG) registration on the basis that the land had been identified  for “potential development” by policies in the Core Strategy thereby amounting to a “trigger event” preventing the registration of a TVG.  The court rejected a secondary argument that the registration authority’s decision not to hold a non-statutory inquiry was unfair.   

Gregory jones QC and Philip Petchey appeared for the Landowners, Cooper Estates Strategic Land instructed by Blake Morgan.

A copy of the judgment can be found here.

Gregory jones QCand Philip Petchey will be giving a Breakfast Briefing on 17th July at which they will address key issues arising from both aspects of the judgment including the wider consequences for sites which may have been unlawfully registered as TVG, the need to engage with proposed draft plans with a TVG perspective,  and how to maximise the chances of securing a non-statutory inquiry.     More information including how to book a place can be found here.