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Measures brought in to stop village green status preventing development
9:17am Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
NEW measures to stop people registering land as a village green to prevent development have been brought in by the Government.
Village green status protects land that has been regularly used for recreation for 20 years, but the Government said “spurious” claims were being made to stop local development such as housing.
Village green applications have been made in recent years at two locations in York where major housing schemes were being proposed.
In 2007, campaigners against the 540-home Derwenthorpe scheme at Osbaldwick proposed to make the land a green but the proposal was thrown out by an inspector after an inquiry. A similar proposal for land to be used for an access road into the 700-home Germany Beck development site at Fulford was turned down in 2009.
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