Letter: The perks of town or village green registration

There is a great opportunity for existing and new garden towns to adopt best practice for open spaces (see related articles).

As part of the development, land should be identified as permanent open space and, in order to secure its protection in perpetuity, the landowner should register it as town or village green. 

This will give local people rights of informal recreation and, under 19th-century legislation, protect the land from encroachment. It is a simple way of providing open spaces and is all too rarely used. 

Kate Ashbrook, general secretary, The Open Spaces Society

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