Register of landowner deposits
If evidence can be provided that a route or an area of land has been open to and used by the public for 20 years without challenge by the landowner, a claim could be submitted to the council for the land to be recorded as a public right of way or a town or village green.
Landowners can protect their land from such claims by depositing certain documents with the council under section 31(6) of the Highways Act and section 15A(1) of the Commons Act 2006.
If correctly lodged and maintained the deposit of these documents can provide evidence that the landowner did not intend to dedicate a public right of way or town or village green on their land.
Current landowner deposits
The following landowner statements have been submitted to the local planning authority under section 15A of the Commons Act 2006.
Deposits made under section 15A(1) of the Commons Act 2006 may affect the ability to register such land as a town or village green under section 15 of that Act.
Please see guidance from DEFRA for further information.