Common land restored: ‘The Bunny Hill’ in Cornwall

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We are delighted by the planning inspectorate’s decision to grant the society’s application to register as common land 3.86 hectares of land at The Bunny Hill and part of Fentongoose Common.

Photo of The Bunny Hill. Photo: Open Spaces Society

The land is situated approximately four kilometres south-west of Truro in Cornwall, and north-west of Carrine Common.  The land comprises trees interspersed with scrub and is on a slope, at the foot of which is a stream.

In 1970, the Ramblers’ Association made an application, under the Commons Registration Act 1965, provisionally to register several parcels of land near Truro which included The Bunny Hill and part of Fentongoose Common.  Following objections, the Ramblers withdrew the application and the provisional registration was cancelled.  It then was too late to register the land under the 1965 Act.

However, the Commons Act 2006 reopened the opportunity to rescue lost commons.  Under paragraph 4 of schedule 2 to the Commons Act 2006, the excluded land became eligible for re-registration.  The application, made by Tomas Hill on behalf of the Open Spaces Society to register the land, duly provided evidence that the excluded land is waste land of a manor, which means that it can be registered as common land.

Says Frances Kerner, our commons re-registration officer: ‘I am delighted that this land has been added to the register of common land and that the public will be able to enjoy its beauty.’

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