Energy Wales Statement »The energy system in Wales is on the threshold of great change driven by new energy, technology and low carbon energy transition objectives.Learn more »
New law to reduce homelessness comes into force
The most fundamental reform to homelessness legislation in over 30 years comes into force across Wales.
- Deputy Minister for Skills visits Germany to learn more about their apprenticeship programmes
- GE Healthcare's first Innovation Village in the UK creates international interest from young life science businesses
- New law to reduce homelessness comes into force
- Welsh Government Draft Equality Objectives for 2016-2020
- Future arrangements for the Welsh Government’s Equality and Inclusion Programme for 2017-2020
- Consultation on guidance for commissioning substance misuse services
- Devolution, Democracy and Delivery White Paper - Reforming Local Government: Power to Local People
- Interim non-statutory standards for sustainable drainage (SuDS) in Wales – designing, constructing, operating and maintaining surface water drainage systems
- Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009 – Part 1 Guidance to Fire and Rescue Authorities and Fire and Rescue Authorities Support and Intervention Protocol
Section highlightRegulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) BillThe Bill will improve the quality of care and support in Wales and strengthen protection for citizens.
Legislative programme 2014 - 2015 »
Bills that the Welsh Government will bring forward in 2014/2015.Learn more »
Section highlightTaxes in Wales
The devolution of some taxes to Wales from April 2018 provides us with the opportunity to reshape those taxes to better meet our circumstances and priorities.
Final Budget 2015-16 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Departments for 2015-16 is £15·3bn.Learn more »
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Protection of Common Land
Information on common land in Wales and what to do if you are planning to do work on, or take land out of, the common.
Anyone can own common land. Such land can be bought and sold like other land. It differs from other land because:
- it is normally registered under the Commons Registration Act 1965 (not all registered common land has rights of common over it);
- it may have a right of public access or the public may be allowed to use it; and
- it is protected under the 1965 Act or other legislation.
Common land in Wales can be vulnerable to abuse, encroachment and unauthorised development. The Commons Act 2006 introduced new, clearer measures for protecting common land from unlawful works and encroachment.
Consents to works on common land
Under section 38 of the Commons Act 2006 consent is required for any works on common land which limit access to, or over, that land. It does not matter who proposes the work - the owner or someone with commoner’s rights etc -consent is still needed. Other consents may also be required i.e. planning permission or building regulations approval.
Planning Inspectorate Wales are responsible for deciding on applications made under section 38 on common land and town or village greens. The Welsh Ministers generally have to consider any restricted works on registered common land.
Restricted works are those which:
- prevent or impede access to, or over, the land;
- include erecting fencing, constructing buildings, digging ditches; but
- also includes the resurfacing of land with tarmac and similar materials.
Consent for the exchange and deregistration of registered common land
Under section 16 of the Commons Act 2006, owners of registered common land or town or village greens can apply to have the land released from registration. If the ‘release land’ is more than 200 square metres, they must register ‘replacement land’ as common land or green at the same time. If the release land is smaller than 200 square metres, a proposal to register replacement land may (but need not) be included. Further information is available from the Planning Inspectorate Wales pages on the Planning Portal.