**News Flash** Horfield has a Village Green....but it's not the one we were expecting!
Wow! Well, this has come as a surprise to all following the publication of the AGSP plans last year which confirmed what we all thought that we knew - that Horfield Common was - as a Common - legally registered as Common Land.
It now appears that this is not the case & that the whole of Horfield Common (13.5 hectares in total) is not registered as Common land; it is in fact registered as a Village Green. This is confirmed on DEFRA's website, although the area is misspelt & registered as Harfield Common, which is perhaps why this wasn't previously picked up.
A very helpful officer at the planning inspectorate confirmed that 'the land may well be common land historically, however, if it was registered as a village green, then legally it does not have common land status. Not all common land was correctly registered, and anomalies like these do exist. Village greens are protected from development under different legislation.
Although this does mean that - as the above says - the application for consent for works on Horfield Common (regarding the new playground near to the TA centre) under Section 38 of the Commons Act 2006 has now been withdrawn by BCC as it is not now necessary; in practice we are unsure what impact this difference in legal registration will have on the wider common itself, and we are awaiting confirmation of this, and a map of exactly which areas are covered by this registration. BCC have confirmed that they are considering what this means for the proposed new play area.
At present, we are assuming that this VG registration does not include Wellington Hill Playing Field as we are sure that this would have come to light during the application process that we are currently still engaged in, but we will let you know as soon as we do!
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Download copies of our full responses to the AGSP and SADMOD proposals from the downloads page.
These are the final versions that were submitted to the Council from FOHC - we e-mailed versions in and have now submitted a signed hard-copy to the Council House following the Horfield "Show of Strength of Feeling" that took place on College Green prior to the final BCC Cabinet meeting before the end of the consultation period.
The responses have been informed by the public meetings that FOHC has hosted over the summer, feedback from local people and other users of the field and common at the FOHC Summer Picnic & Picnic for the Parks in Wellington Hill Playing Field and by feedback through the website and facebook as well as conversations on the Common - keep on letting us know what you think!