The case will have wide implications about the status of public rights over land and the decision-making of planning authorities

The status of a piece of land in Shrewsbury, secured for public recreation by a statutory trust almost 100 years ago, will be considered by Supreme Court judges tomorrow (Wednesday 7 December).

Dr Peter Day’s appeal will make the case that the public enjoyed public rights to recreation over the land from around 1926. In 2017, Shrewsbury Town Council sold the land to a private developer without acknowledging it was part of the Greenfields Recreation Ground up to the period it was sold to the developer, and afterwards.

Dr Day argues the public’s rights to use the land for recreation should have been considered by Shropshire Council before they granted planning permission for a housing development on the land.


Suzanne Townley
News Editor
Solicitors Journal

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