Review of the legislation managing the Welsh crustacean fisheries »The crustacean fisheries are the mainstay of the Welsh fishing industry, with £3.8 million worth of crustaceans landed into Wales in 2012.Learn more »
Historic New Tax Powers for Wales
Minister for Finance and Government Business, Jane Hutt, has launched an historic consultation that paves the way for new tax powers for Wales - the first piece of Welsh tax legislation since 1283.
- Launch of 10-year plan for early years, childcare and play workforce
- Construction begins on new £15m emergency services centre for Wrexham
- Historic New Tax Powers for Wales
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- Education and skills
- Environment and countryside
- Equality and diversity
- Health and social care
- Collection and management of devolved taxes in Wales
- Draft 10-year plan for the early years, childcare and play workforce in Wales
- Inappropriate admissions guidance
- Reservoir Safety in Wales: Consultation on the Commencement of Schedule 4 to the Flood and Water Management Act 2010
- Devolution, Democracy and Delivery White Paper – Reforming Local Government
- Consultation on improving the availability of allotments and community gardens
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Section highlightHousing (Wales) Act 2014The Act introduces significant improvements across the housing sector to ensure that people have access to a decent, affordable home and better housing-related services.
Legislative programme 2014 - 2015 »
Bills that the Welsh Government will bring forward in 2014/2015.Learn more »
Section highlightWales for Africa grant
The Wales for Africa grant supports projects that build mutually beneficial links between Wales and Sub-Saharan Africa.
1st Supplementary Budget 2014-15 »
The 1st Supplementary Budget proposes a number of changes to the Final Budget for 2014-15, which was published in December 2013.Learn more »
- Statistics & Research
Upcoming calendar »
See the schedule for all statistics and research releases.View upcoming calendar »
Protection of Common Land
Information on common land in Wales and what to do if you are planning to do work on, or take land out of, the common.
Anyone can own common land. Such land can be bought and sold like other land. It differs from other land because:
- it is normally registered under the Commons Registration Act 1965 (not all registered common land has rights of common over it);
- it may have a right of public access or the public may be allowed to use it; and
- it is protected under the 1965 Act or other legislation.
Common land in Wales can be vulnerable to abuse, encroachment and unauthorised development. The Commons Act 2006 introduced new, clearer measures for protecting common land from unlawful works and encroachment.
Consents to works on common land
Under section 38 of the Commons Act 2006 consent is required for any works on common land which limit access to, or over, that land. It does not matter who proposes the work - the owner or someone with commoner’s rights etc -consent is still needed. Other consents may also be required i.e. planning permission or building regulations approval.
Planning Inspectorate Wales are responsible for deciding on applications made under section 38 on common land and town or village greens. The Welsh Ministers generally have to consider any restricted works on registered common land.
Restricted works are those which:
- prevent or impede access to, or over, the land;
- include erecting fencing, constructing buildings, digging ditches; but
- also includes the resurfacing of land with tarmac and similar materials.
Consent for the exchange and deregistration of registered common land
Under section 16 of the Commons Act 2006, owners of registered common land or town or village greens can apply to have the land released from registration. If the ‘release land’ is more than 200 square metres, they must register ‘replacement land’ as common land or green at the same time. If the release land is smaller than 200 square metres, a proposal to register replacement land may (but need not) be included. Further information is available from the Planning Inspectorate Wales pages on the Planning Portal.