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Changing and correcting the registers of commons and town and village greens

You can apply to correct the register if you think that land or buildings have been incorrectly registered as common land or as a village green, for example, if an error was made when mapping the boundary of a common at the time it was registered.

You can also apply to deregister land that was wrongly registered as common land or as a town or village green, for example, buildings registered as common land.

Why there are mistakes in the register

The registers of common land and town or village greens were first prepared under the Commons Registration Act 1965. In some cases, original applications to register land included maps that were difficult to interpret or incorrectly defined the land's boundaries. This led to some land registered under the 1965 Act being wrongly registered as common or town or village green. 

What can be changed or corrected

You may be able to correct or remove land from the register if:

  • you can show the land or buildings to have been wrongly registered as common land or village green under the Commons Registration Act 1965
  • the land was built upon at the time of the original registration and is still built upon at the time that your application is decided

It doesn't matter whether or not:

  • the building was lawfully present on the land when it was originally registered under the 1965 Act
  • the land has been covered by the same building since it was originally registered under the 1965 Act, for example, the land could have been covered by a garage next to a house and the garage was then demolished, so the land had become part of the garden attached to that house

You must apply by 28 February 2027.

How to apply

Your application must include evidence to show how the mistake or error was originally made.

You should read the Gov.uk - Common land guidance before applying to correct the register:

Completed applications should be sent to the Senior Definitive Map Officer.

Application fees

There are fees for some applications under section 19 to amend the register. Additional fees may be charged by the Planning Inspectorate, where they are involved in processing an application. Further information can be found at  Legislation.gov.uk - The Commons Registration (England) Regulations 2014

Applications made under Section 19 of the 2006 Act

Fees for applications made under Section 19 of the 2006 Act

Purpose of application

Application fee

Correction, for the purpose of section 19(2)(a) of the 2006 Act, of a mistake made by registration authority

No fee payable to Dorset County Council.
A fee is due to the Planning Inspectorate.

Deregistration of certain land registered as common land or as a town or village green (schedule 2, paragraphs 6-9 of the 2006 Act)

 £1000

Existing applications 

These are applications made under:

  • Section 19(2)(a), Commons Act 2006 - to correct the registers of common land or town and village greens
  • paragraphs 6, 7, 8 and 9 of Schedule 2, Commons Act 2006 to remove 'buildings' or 'other land', land that was wrongly registered as either common land or town or village green
Current applications
Reference number CLD2016/1
Applicant Gleeson Developments - managed by JMR Planning Law
Name and location of the land Leigh Common, Colehill / Wimborne (register ref. CL1)
Details of application To correct the register under S 19(2)(a) to deregister as common land all land shown coloured red on Map 1 attached to the application on the basis that it ought never to have been registered as common land due to the fact that it was highway at the time of registration and the Commons Registration Authority therefore made a mistake by registering it as common land.
Effect of application The removal of the land as shown in red on Map 1 attached to the application from the register of common land.
Deadline for comments and objections Closed
Copy of application and notice  

CLD2016-1 Application

CLD2016-1 Site Notice & Plan

Reference number CLD 2017/1
Applicant D C Planning Limited
Name and location of the land Leigh Common, Colehill / Wimborne (register ref. CL1)
Details of application To correct the register under S 19(2)(a) to deregister as common land all land shown edged red and shaded grey on plan numbered 2036 attached to the application as Annex 3 on the basis that it ought never to have been registered as common land due to the fact that it was highway at the time of registration and the Commons Registration Authority therefore made a mistake by registering it as common land.
Effect of application The removal of the land edged red and shaded grey on plan numbered 2036 attached to the application as Annex 3 from the register of common land.
Deadline for comments and objections  Closed
Copy of application and notice  

CLD2017-1 Application

CLD2017-1 Site Notice & Plan

Comments and objections

Members of the public can inspect applications and their accompanying documents in the Regulation Team office.

Comments and objections should be sent to the Senior Definitive Map Officer. Please note that any representations will not be treated as confidential.

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