||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 96 (Jan)
||Harry Wolton QC and Robin Green (instructed by Laytons, Surrey) for A Ltd.
||Charles Mynors (instructed by Tim Grey) for the authority.
||17 January 2002
Commons - Commons registration - Registration of village green - Claimant objecting to registration - Claimant arguing land not used by significant number of persons - Claimant submitting that registration authority not entitled to register lessor area than applicants applying for - Whether registration authority in error.
The words a 'significant number' contained in s22(1) of the 1965 Act did not equate to a considerable or substantial number of people. The neighbourhood concerned could contain a limited number of inhabitants. There was little help to be gained in attempting to define the word, since it was a matter of impression. What an applicant had to demonstrate was that the land was in general use by the local community, rather than in use by individuals acting as trespassers.
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