Land & Building Assets

As a small parish Hockwold cum Wilton Parish Council holds very little land or building assets. The land is does own is listed below. No buildings are owned by the Parish Council, but they do act as Trustees for the Village Hall.

  • Land known as Dobbs Allotments, at the end of Church Lane. Land comprises 3.9 acres, and has been owned by the Parish Council since at least 1976 (time of last survey). Currently half is used as allotments for local residents and half is rented out to a local farmer.
  • Land at the corner of Malts Lane and Station Road, known as Cross Roads Allotments.  Land comprises 3.7 acres, and has been owned by the Parish Council since at least 1976 (time of last survey). Currently rented out to a local farmer.
  • The land known as the LODE locateds near the allotments and Lode cottages and runs down to the little Ouse river. This land is not owned by the Hockwold Parish Council, but is maintained by Hockwold Parish Council.The 1972 Order determined that the land in question (The Lode, Hockwold cum Wilton) is Common Land but that no owner of the land could be established.The land therefore falls into protection under section 9 of the Commons Registration Act 1965. This meant that the Parish Council (as a local authority defined under the Act) can take such steps for the protection of the land against unlawful interference as could be taken by an owner in possession and institute proceedings for any offence committed in respect of the land.

    Section 9 of the Commons Registration Act 1965 was repealed by the Commons Act 2006. This does not change the status of the land but changes the law surrounding it. Section 9 has been replaced by section 45 of the Commons Act 2006 which gives very similar powers to section 9 in relation to land where the owner is unknown.

    45 Powers of local authorities over unclaimed land

    (1) This section applies where—

    (a) land is registered as common land or a town or village green;

    (b) no person is registered in the register of title as the owner of the land; and

    (c) it appears to a local authority in whose area the land or any part of it is situated that the   owner cannot be identified.

     

    (2) The local authority may—

    (a) take any steps to protect the land against unlawful interference that could be taken by an owner in possession of the land; and

    (b) institute proceedings against any person for any offence committed in respect of the land (but without prejudice to any power exercisable apart from this section).

     

    (3) In this section “local authority” means—

    (a) a county, district or parish council in England;

    (b) a London borough council; and

     

     

    In regard to any adjoining landowners and/or other paritioners use of the Common Land the Parish Council has power under section 45 above to step in if any person (s) interfere with the common rights of the land, exceed their common rights or prevent access to it by others so entitled. The 1972 Register does not note any specific common rights over this land (The Lode, Hockwold) so general rights will be assumed and managed by the Parish Council accordingly.

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