In general terms, 'common land' is land owned by one person over which another person is entitled to exercise 'rights of common' (such as grazing animals or cutting bracken for livestock bedding), and these rights can generally be exercised in common with others.
'Town and village greens' are usually areas of land within defined settlements or geographical areas which local inhabitants can go onto 'for the exercise of lawful sports and pastimes', such as games, picnics, fêtes and other similar activities.
While land forming town and village greens may be privately owned, many greens are owned and maintained by local councils. Some greens may also have 'rights of common', such as grazing of livestock over them.
As a Commons Registration Authority, we have a responsibility under the Commons Act 2006 to maintain and keep up-to-date the register of common land and of town and village greens in Derby.
There is a town and village greens register for the Derby city area. There is no registered common land in the city.
There are three town and village greens in Derby:
Contact Local Land Charges to view the register.
Contact Derbyshire County Council for the registers for Derbyshire.
If you consider that an area of open space is a town or village green then please note that the process for making applications has been changed by the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013. Before accepting your application for a town or village green, we, in our role as the registration authority, must take advice from both the local planning authority and the Planning Inspectorate to determine whether a trigger event has taken place. If a trigger event has taken place, the registration authority cannot accept your application for a town or village green. Examples of trigger events include:
If a trigger event has taken place, then we will only be able to accept your application after a terminating event has taken place. Examples of terminating events include:
If, taking into account the above changes to the application process, you still wish to make an application then please download the Department for Environment Food and Rural Guidance Notes that outline the qualifying criteria and tests for registration of an application.
After you have read the guidance notes, download, complete and return application form E44.
We recommend that you ask people who support your application to fill in a public evidence form. You should then return your completed application, along with the public evidence forms, to us to consider.
Landowners can deposit statements under section 15A(1) of the Commons Act 2006 using application form CA16.
A deposited statement and plan made under Section 15A (1) of the Commons Act 2006 - £300
A deposited statement and plan made under both Section 31(6) of the Highways Act 1980 and under Section 15A (1) of the Commons Act 2006 - £400
Landowners can dedicate land as a town or village green using the ‘Guidance on voluntary registration of land as a town or village green’.
Application to register land as a town or village green at St. Alkmund's Playground, Darley Lane, Derby.
Application to register land as a town or village green at the site of the former Sturgess School, Kedleston Road, and known as Sturgess Fields, Derby.
Application to register land as a town or village green at Wilson Street, Derby.
Application to register land as a town or village green at Ainley Close, Alvaston, Derby.
Application to register land as a town or village green at Corden Avenue, Mickleover, Derby.
Find out more information on common land, town and village greens from: