Open Spaces

August 7th, 2017 by James Goudie KC

In R (Muir) v Wandsworth LBC (2017) EWHC 1947 (Admin) Lang J held that the Council lacked the power to grant a 15 year lease of a building on Wandsworth Common for use as a nursery for pre-school children. Under Section 10 of the Open Spaces Act 1906 and a Greater London Open Spaces Order the Council held not only the Common itself but also buildings on the Common on a statutory trust. The beneficiaries of the trust are the inhabitants of Wandsworth. The Council was obliged to maintain access for all local residents for the primary purpose of public recreation.


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