Common Land/Town and Village Greens

Hartlepool Borough Council is the registration authority for common land and town and village greens in Hartlepool.

As a Commons Registration Authority we are responsible for maintaining the registers of common land and town and village greens, this includes the registration of 'new' village greens.

DEFRA have produced a number of guides for people thinking about making an application to register land as common land or as a town or village green.  The Open Spaces Society also offers guidance and assistance for residents looking to make an application to register land as town or village green. 

 Link to the Open Spaces Society Web site

Statutory Register - Common Land and Town

Common land is usually in private ownership.  This is generally open, unfenced and remote; particularly in the upland areas of England and Wales.  Occasionally there are some lowland areas of common, particularly South East England that are important for recreational uses.

Currently the general public have no rights to go onto common land unless the land is an urban common or is crossed by public rights of way (and they follow the line of that right of way)

For more information on Common Land, Town and Village Greens and Open Access Land access the Government Website - GOV.UK