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We have objected to two applications to Wycombe District Council which affect registered common land at Willow Avenue, Booker, near High Wycombe in Bucks.
The applications are for retrospective consent for a two-metre high fence and a certificate of lawfulness for use of land as a garden. The society has objected because the ‘garden’ is registered common land, and it is unlawful to erect a fence or other work on a common without the consent of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under section 38 of the Commons Act 2006.
We believe that both consents should be refused and the council should require the applicants to remove the unlawful fence and restore the land for public use and enjoyment.
It would set a damaging precedent if this enclosure of common land was to remain unchallenged.