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The Planning Inspectorate has granted the society’s application to register as common land approximately 1.25 hectares of waste in St Breward parish, Cornwall. The land is situated about a kilometre north-east of the village of St Breward and is sandwiched between two parcels of existing registered common land. The land comprises ferns, bushy undergrowth and a few trees.
In 1968, the land was provisionally registered under the Commons Registration Act 1965, together with other parcels of land, but was subject to objections. Following a hearing held by a commons commissioner, the parties present at the hearing agreed to exclude the land in question from final registration.
However, the Commons Act 2006 provided an opportunity to rescue lost commons which were excluded under these circumstances. Under paragraph 4 of schedule 2 to the Commons Act 2006 the land became eligible for re-registration. The application made by the society provided evidence that the 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: ‘We are delighted that this land has now been registered. We recognise the owners’ attachment to and management of the land, and we are pleased that it now has the added protection of registration under the Commons Act 2006.’