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Public hearing to decide on "village green" application

Created on 07/10/2018 @ 11:45
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A proposal to turn a piece of land at Aberhafesp into a village green will be heard at a public hearing this week.

A registration has been made to make the land in the centre of Hillcrest as a village green under the Commons Registration Act 1965 / Commons Act 2006.

But the proposal is being objected to by the landowner.

A hearing will be held at Trefeglwys Village Hall on Wednesday by Powys County Council's Planning, Taxi Licensing and Rights of Way Committee.

It will hear from those behind the proposal and also the objectors who are owners of the land affected.

"The land subject of the application is a parcel of land surrounded by the housing estate known as ‘Hillcrest’, Aberhafesp," states a report to the committee.

"It extends to an area of approximately 0.15 hectares (0.32 acres) and is located within the estate, to the east of the B4558 and to the west of Aberhafesp Hall, Aberhafesp, Powys."

The report states that objections were received from Mr F Davies and Mr P Davies in the form of a letter from solicitors Wace Morgan.

The land sits within the centre of the housing estate and the application to make it a village green was initially made by one of the residents.

Since receiving the objection to the plan the applicant, according to the report, has now submitted witness evidence from 26 individuals about the plan.

The application is based on the "long use" of the land by the inhabitants. The report states: "Section 15 (2) of the 2006 Act applies where there has been use of the land as of right for a period of 20 years and that use was continuing at the time of the application.

"Use must be continuous in the sense that it has not been interrupted for any significant period of time. However, any periods of statutory closure can be disregarded."

The report concludes that the land, or part of the land, should be made into a village green.

The hearing will take evidence before the committee makes its decision.

Photo: The land in question at Aberhafesp (photo via Google Maps)

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