The application was made under s.16 of the Commons Act 2006. It was allowed on the basis of an offer of replacement land, on the edge of the existing green, which exceeded in size the area to be deregistered and, as the Inspector found, would cause no harm to (and potentially improve) opportunities for enjoyment of the green. The decision includes a useful application of the relevant statutory tests and the policy considerations set out in the Government’s Common Land Policy Statement. It is one of the largest areas successfully deregistered as a village green under s.16 applications in recent years.
A copy of the decision letter can be found here.
Taylor Wimpey was represented at the inquiry by Douglas Edwards QC, instructed by Jim Tarzey and Peter Atkin of Pegasus Planning.