Kent County Council is the ‘Commons Registration Authority’ responsible for maintaining the legal record of all Common Land and Village Greens, known as the Registers of Common Land and Village Greens, for the county. Under the Commons Act 2006, anyone may apply to the County Council to amend those Registers - for example, by adding or removing areas of land to or from the Registers – and the County Council has a legal obligation to consider such applications.

The County Council has recently received an application from the Open Spaces Society to add to the Registers some 16 parcels of land in the Sevenoaks area which it is alleged are Common Land, albeit which have not been formally registered as such. The application is made on the basis that the lands in question were included in a ‘Scheme of Regulation’ made by the Sevenoaks Rural District Council under powers contained in the Commons Act 1899 on 17th September 1925 (and approved by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries on 6th October 1925) and amended by a Supplemental Scheme (adding further pieces of land) which was approved on 29th May 1963, but that they were mistakenly omitted from the formal registration process for Common Land under the Commons Registration Act 1965.

Further details about the application (including how to respond) and plans showing the 16 pieces of land affected can be found by viewing the documents in the section below.

The deadline for responses is Friday 24 April 2020.


  • Opened
    5 Mar 2020 at 00:00
  • Closed
    24 Apr 2020 at 23:59



Consulting Organisation Type
  • Kent County Council
Consulting Organisation Name Kent County Council
District / Borough areas affected by the consultation
  • Sevenoaks
Consultation Topic
  • Public rights of way
Consultation Methods
  • Open responses (e.g. letters and email)