Commons Act 2006 (Chapter 26). | Land Portal

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This Act continues to make provision with respect to the registration, use and tenure of common land, the management and control of agricultural activities, vegetation, the exercise of rights of common on common land and related matters.The commons registration authorities shall continue to keep registers of common land and town or village greens and may deregister common land and make other amendments in respect of the register as provided for in this Act.The appropriate national authority shall have the powers to establish commons councils with functions related to the management of agricultural activities, vegetation and the exercise of rights of common on common land or on town or village greens where rights of common exist over such land. The management shall concern in particular grazing also with a view to nature conservation and international obligations (e.g. under the European Habitats Directive) and national conservation objectives. By establishing commons councils, commoners, owners of common land and other interests will be able to work together to manage agricultural activities and the vegetation to meet the varied demands made on common land.The Act also: prohibits the carrying out of works on certain common land without the consent of the appropriate national authority; confers on it powers of intervention to deal with situations where unauthorized agricultural activities are taking place and damaging the common in an uncontrolled manner; and specifies powers that enable local authorities to step in to protect unclaimed common land and town or village greens from unlawful interference.

Implemented by: Works on Common Land (Exemptions) (England) Order 2007 (S.I. No. 2587 of 2007). (2007-09-03)
Implemented by: Works on Common Land, etc. (Procedure) (England) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 2588 of 2007). (2007-09-03)
Implemented by: Deregistration and Exchange of Common Land and Greens (Procedure) (England) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 2589 of 2007). (2007-09-03)
Implemented by: Commons Registration (England) Regulations 2008 (S.I. No. 1961 of 2008). (2008-07-21)
Implemented by: Commons (Deregistration and Exchange Orders) (Interim Arrangements) (Wales) Regulations 2012 (S.I. No. 740 (W.100) of 2012). (2012-03-07)
Implemented by: Deregistration and Exchange of Common Land and Greens (Procedure) (Wales) Regulations 2012 (S.I. No. 738 (W.98) of 2012). (2012-03-07)
Implemented by: Works on Common Land, etc. (Procedure) (Wales) Regulations 2012 (S.I. No. 737 (W.97) of 2012). (2012-03-07)
Implemented by: Commons Act 2006 (Commencement No.2, Transitional Provisions and Savings) (Wales) Order 2012 (S.I. No. 739 (W.99) (C.19) of 2012). (2012-03-07)
Implemented by: Commons Registration (England) Regulations 2014 S.I. No. 3038 of 2014). (2014-11-12)
Amended by: Planning (Wales) Act 2015 (2015 anaw 4). (2015-07-06)
Amends: Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (Chapter 69). (1981-10-30)
Amends: Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (2000 Chapter 37). (2000-11-30)
Amends: Environment Act 1995 (Chapter 25). (1995-07-19)
Amends: Land Registration Act 2002 (Chapter 9). (2002-02-26)

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