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Rob from our legal team has said that as the common is not owned by the council, it’s unlikely that we will take any enforcement action at this stage:
“In respect of the fencing erected around the eastern side of the common which prevents members having public access onto the common, we believe that the fencing does not interfere with any public right of way in the area, and we’ve consulted with planning enforcement colleagues who are of the view that planning enforcement action is not necessary in the circumstances.
Under section 38 of the Commons Act 2006, the consent of the Welsh Ministers (heard through an application to the Planning Inspectorate Wales) is required for “restricted works”, defined as those works that prevent or impede public access to the common. Under section 41, any person can take enforcement action through the county court, so in theory, members of the local community could take action. However the most likely person who will take enforcement action is the estate of Lord Raglan, as it is the land-owner. I believe that the estate has written to Mr Parry.”
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