Common land is an important aspect of the heritage of England and Wales, with value for its nature and landscape interest. Most common land is now subject to a right of access under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. But it is also subject to development pressure – from wind farms on the uplands to building on urban commons or village greens. The Commons Act 2006 (the Act) makes important changes to the ability to build on common land and to register village greens.
Legislation Note: Commons Act 2006: Developing Common Land and Protecting Village Greens