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What is unadopted land?

This is normally an area behind your garden fence which councils say that it does not belong to them and hence do not want to clean that area.

Asked on Feb 6 2012, General in Harrow | Report content

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  • Unadopted land used to be known as common land. It means officially it belongs to no-one other than the Queen. Usually it means that commomers can use the land ocaisonally for grazing cattle and sheep. It is possible via the council to adopt such land usually for a 'peppercorn' rent, providing the use will not change. However, it is also possible to buy unadopted land these days as more and more councils are looking for revenues. Planning permissiion to change the use of the land is a whole other ball game, but still possible if you're prepared to get on with the planning officer.

    Answered on Feb 7 2012, Report content

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