POS and LGA have submitted a joint response.
POS and the LGA welcome the opportunity to comment on the consultation;and in general welcome the proposals. We are pleased that the Government is responding to calls from councils and others to tackle the problems with the current system; and look forward to working with the department to implement key changes.
The current system is too often used by opponents of particular schemes to seek to register land that would not normally be considered 'green' in the usual sense of the expression, in order to stall or block development. Although applications to register land as a town or village green are often refused, they can have a negative impact by delaying schemes for years. The current financial climate makes the resolution of this issue more urgent as such delays can render schemes unviable, which can completely stall badly needed regeneration projects.