The review of the framework for registering new town or village greens will consider both whether changes are needed to the existing framework, and possible options for change. Our intention to consult was discussed with the national common land stakeholder group on 7 December 2009. The framework has been discussed extensively with members of the group over the past year, and we hope that they will continue to play a full part in the planned consultation process.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the timescale and cost of the proposed consultation in spring 2010 on whether to reform the town and village greens registration system; and whether the consultation will include all commons or only town and village greens. [HL962]
The consultation will relate solely to town or village greens, and is expected to begin in March 2010 and remain open for a minimum of 12 weeks. The costs of the consultation are not yet known, but are expected to be minimal, and will be accommodated within existing budgets.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they received on the town and village greens registration system between the implementation of Section 15 of the Commons Act 2006 and the commissioning of the Study of Determined Town and Village Green Applications, produced by Countryside and Community Research Institute and Asken Limited. [HL963]
My department has received many representations about the framework for registering new town or village greens, and particularly requests for assistance and explanation from members of the public. We have also received representations from Members of Parliament, local authorities and others about the consequences of applications for registration, in so far as they affect local authorities, landowners and others.
We will consider options for better integration between the framework for registering new town or village greens and the planning system, as part of our forthcoming review of the framework. Those options will have regard to the recommendations to secure better integration included in the report prepared by the Countryside and Community Research Institute and Asken Ltd.