Commons Registration is
now administered by the Legal Services department and not
Highways/Planning. Please see information below:
As a Commons Registration Authority
under the Commons Registration Act, 1965, Bedford Borough Council
is responsible for maintaining the registers of Common Land and
Town or Village Greens which members of the public can inspect free
This currently includes updating the registers when ownership of
common rights change, or where rights are apportioned (although the
circumstances in which we can amend the registers are limited). We
amend the registers when we are notified by the Land Registry of
changes in ownership of land and we can amend the registers in some
instances to show changes in address.
The Commons Act 2006 received Royal Assent on 19th July 2006 and
will repeal the 1965 Act at a later date. The new Act will give
Commons Registration Authorities new responsibilities.
Bedford Borough Council carry out searches of the Common Land
and Town or Village Green Registers. Normally, a Commons search is
carried out when a property is being bought or sold and usually via
your solicitor. Search replies will reveal whether land is
registered as common or village green, if there are rights of
common, and whether or not ownership is registered.
The CR Form 21 for Commons Registration Searches ceased on 1st
On 1st August 2007 a new question, Q22, was added to
the CON29O (Part 11 Optional Enquiries). As from
1st October 2007 any search of the Common Land or Town
or Village Green Registers can be submitted on the CON29O.
CON29O questions are currently £24.00 each.
For more information please see the Land Searches section.
Alternatively a written enquiry can be sent to Julie Mitchell,
Legal Services, Bedford Borough Council, Borough
Hall, Bedford, MK42 9AP. Tel. 01234 276391. This has a charge of
£24.00 + VAT.
To find out more about Common Land please click on the links
Common Land Information
Common Land FAQ