Town or Village Green and Commons Applications

Hampshire County Council is the Commons Registration Authority for Hampshire

We maintain the registers of Commons and Town and Village Greens.  We are not involved in the management of commons or enforcing or protecting rights of common, unless we are also the owners of those commons, or manage them by agreement.

Public access to Registered Commons

The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 allows a public right of access on foot over most Registered Commons. More information about Common land and village greens.

We manage the following commons (or parts of them):

Commons in the New Forest are managed by the Verderers.

Inspecting the Registers

To check whether land is registered as a common or town or village green you can:

  • make an appointment to inspect the original registers held at Castle Avenue, Winchester
  • request a search

A question about commons is included in Part II of Form Con 29 which can be used if you are buying land.

Changing the Registers

It is possible to apply to the County Council to amend the commons and village green registers. In most cases, a fee will be payable. Your application will need to include evidence to show how the mistake or error was originally made.

You can apply to:
  • remove wrongly registered Common Land or Village Greens
  • deregister buildings
  • correct errors
  • remove duplicate entries
  • update names and addresses
  • update an entry to take account of accretion or diluvion

Further information on applications to amend Commons and Town or Village Green Registers including fees payable.

Additional fees may be charged by the Planning Inspectorate, where they are involved in processing an application.

Guidance for making applications to rectify commons or town or village green

Application forms:

Please Note: Any party involved in an application to correct a commons or town or village green register may wish to obtain their own independent legal advice. Hampshire County Council, as the Commons Registration Authority, is unable to provide legal advice.

Send your application to: Countryside Access Team, Countryside Service, Hampshire County Council, Castle Avenue, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8UL

Applications to register land as a Town or Village Green

Town and village green law can be complex and challenging. Guidance below is designed to help to get applications right:

Application form

Send your application to: Countryside Access Team, Countryside Service, Hampshire County Council, Castle Avenue, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8UL

Current Town or Village Green and Commons Applications

Current Town or Village Green Applications