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Village Green Application

Alexander Booth QC

An Inspector has recommended the rejection of an application to register land at Bredon Road, Tewkesbury, as a town or village green. The application, which was made by local residents, was opposed by Gloucestershire County Council in its capacity as the relevant Highways Authority. The Authority did not wish to see the land registered as a village green, because the land may prove to be needed for forthcoming highway improvements in the Tewkesbury area.

Alexander Booth appeared on behalf of the Authority at a non-statutory inquiry held to consider the application. Having heard extensive evidence from local residents the Inspector, Leslie Blohm QC, recommended the rejection of the application on the basis that the users of the land were not sufficiently "spread" throughout the neighbourhood relied upon. The County Council will now consider the Inspector's report in its capacity as Registration Authority, and a final determination of the application is expected soon.