Landowner statements

Protection from deemed dedication of public rights of way and land being registered as a town or village green.

Highways Act 1980, Section 31(6)

This provides a way in which landowners (including tenants for life and trustees) can protect their land from public rights of way coming into existence across it as a result of public use.

It requires an application for a map and statement to be lodged with the County Council outlining the extent of land in their ownership and showing those public rights of way (public footpaths, public bridleways, restricted byways and byways open to all traffic) and highways which cross it.

A landowner would then need to lodge an application for a declaration with the County Council within 20 years of the initial deposit of a map and statement or any subsequent declaration.

This may, from the date of deposit of the initial map and statement, protect the landowner from any routes being claimed as public rights of way across their land through public use.

Commons Act 2006, Section 15A(1)

This provides a way in which landowners can protect their land from being registered as a town or village green.

It requires an application for a statement to be lodged with the County Council to bring to an end any period which people may have indulged in lawful sports and pastimes on the land together with a map outlining the extent of their landownership.

An application for a further statement would need to be lodged with the County Council within every 20 years of the previous one to continue protection from their land being registered as a town or village green.

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Last updated: 8 April 2014

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