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In some circumstances, people who have to drive across a common to access their property may have a right to do so. Find out more about vehicle access to property over common land.
The landowner can set conditions that allow someone to drive vehicles onto the common land, for example to manage livestock. Adverse possession is a way for someone who has been managing property for a given amount of time to claim legal ownership of it. Find out more about adverse possession.
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Guidance Managing common land. Published 28 March Last updated 4 June — see all updates. Applies to: England. A right of common can be: pasturage - the right to put livestock out to feed on the land, usually grass but can be heather or other vegetation pannage - the right to put pigs out to feed in wooded areas of the land estover - the right to take specific timber products from the land, like whole trees or firewood turbary - the right to take turf or peat from the land to burn as fuel piscary - the right to take fish from ponds, lakes, rivers and streams rights in the soil - the right to take soil or minerals from the common animals ferae naturae - the right to take wild animals Commoners can only take enough turf, peat, fish, soil or minerals for the property to which their right of common is attached.
They are deeds. You can sell or lease rights in gross to anyone in the same way as any other property. Illegal activities If you own a common you can take action to stop anyone, including commoners, from exceeding their rights, for example by: grazing more livestock than they have rights to graze, or turning out livestock for which they have no rights exceeding their right of turbary by selling timber or wood taken from the common Talk to your legal adviser to find out how to take action.
Natural England can only use these powers if: they have considered other ways of stopping the activity and believe these would be unsuitable or unsuccessful the unauthorised activity is causing damage to the public interest for example the local environment and wildlife, public access rights or historical features Letting landowner rights If you own a common, you can lease any surplus capacity of the common beyond that taken by the rights of common.
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Public access rights The public have the right to access registered common land - find out how landowners and local authorities can manage public access to common land. Landowners should check which public access rights apply to their common. Carrying out works Find out how to carry out works on common land. Under the Commons Act Under this act, local authorities can choose to manage common land that has no registered owner by making schemes - these schemes may include enforceable byelaws. Any management or improvement a local authority carries out must be: in the public interest to conserve nature, the landscape or archaeology to protect access rights Under local acts In some areas, common land has been created by specific acts - this means there are unique laws for how the local authority can manage it.
How commoners and landowners can manage commons Statutory groups Commoners and landowners can set up a commons council to manage commons. Commons associations Commoners and landowners can also set up voluntary groups called commons associations. The agreement or guarantee can set out how members must treat the common.
Conditional access The landowner can set conditions that allow someone to drive vehicles onto the common land, for example to manage livestock. Claiming ownership Adverse possession is a way for someone who has been managing property for a given amount of time to claim legal ownership of it. Accept cookies.
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Published 14 October Applies to: England. Contents Overview When a claim for ownership can be made for common land or TVG Difficulties with a claim of ownership of common land Difficulties with a claim of ownership of TVGs Oppose a claim of adverse possession. Related content Common land and town or village greens: access your property by vehicle Adverse possession of registered land PG4 Adverse possession of 1 unregistered land and 2 registered land where a right to be registered was acquired before 13 October PG5 Manage your town and village greens Set up a commons council Detailed guidance Managing common land.
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