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Village Green Cases

DATE: 01 Jan 2006

I acted for the registration authority in the High Court in

R(Laing Homes Ltd) v Buckinghamshire County Council and Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs [2003] 3 PLR 60 which was an important case raising many significant issues relating to village greens. I have sat as in Inspector at village greens inquiries as well as having acted for applicants and objectors. One such was in Lincolnshire dealing with the claimed use as a village green of a school playing field which raised most of the usual issues including that of the statutory basis of the use of such land and whether that is consistent with land being used "as of right" which was left still open to argument after the House of Lords decision in Oxfordshire County Council v (1) Oxford City Council (2) Catherine Mary Robinson

(2006) 2 AC 674.