Further Information and Guidance


The links below provide access to downloadable texts relating to Schedule 2(4). Potential applicants may find it helpful to study the relevant parts of the 2006 Act and related ‘Explanatory Notes’. They should also be familiar with the Regulations. Some basic advice for applicants is available on the DEFRA website — though it may be found that the official Guidance produced for the Registration Authorities and the Planning Inspectorate provides more of an insight into the implementation process.


The commons registers should be seen as a, if not the, primary source. Entries in the land section of the register are required to include a reference to the relevant sheet(s) of the register map. The map should show all of the land that was provisionally registered under the 1965 Act, including the areas that were not finally registered but may now be eligible for re-registration under Schedule 2(4). These areas should be clearly indicated on the map by purple hatching (though some earlier cancellations may be hatched in black; as may land that was de-registered under the Rectification of Registers Act 1989 — though the latter will usually also be indicated by a letter ‘R’). The records held by the registration authority of the original application may also need to be examined.


A set of Notes on the 1965 Act (the provisions of the Act, the regulations, prescribed forms, registration periods, etc) is available below. The Notes are intended to be used as a quick-reference text or aide memoire when working with entries in the Commons Registers. The Briefing Notes discuss the meaning of the expression ‘waste land of a manor’ and its interpretation in the context of Schedule 2(4). The two Reports offer a detailed analysis of the Lancashire and Hertfordshire registers showing which CL units are eligible for re-registration. They draw on the evidence to be found in the case files and Local Record Offices; and provide insights into the nature of this evidence and the extent to which it may be used to support applications under Schedule 2(4). The Archives Index covers the records held by national bodies (DEFRA, The National Archives & House of Lords Record Office).