Fields in Trust protects parks and green spaces through Deeds of Dedication, Minutes of Agreement and Deeds of Covenant, as part of this protection, we have a responsibility to ensure that proposed changes fit with the purpose of the protected space and benefit its recreational use.
Local parks and green spaces have proven their enormous benefit to people's physical and mental health and should be used to the advantage of local communities in these unprecedented times.
Following the Government's guidance on access to green spaces during the Covid-19 outbreak, landowners will be thinking about their obligations to allow the public to use their protected green spaces. Typically, a Deed of Dedication (Minute of Agreement in Scotland) requires the landowner to seek our consent for change of use, disposals, erection of buildings and structures, and Fields in Trust has an established Fields Change Request process which must be followed in order for a proposal to be considered.
We recognise that, with the current national lockdown, landowners may have to take urgent decisions about the use of these spaces which may prevent them from going through the normal Field Change Request process. As a result, Fields in Trust have agreed that where changes are implemented in compliance with Government guidance, our formal consent does not need to be sought, but we should still be kept informed. We have set out below the types of proposals which will not require consent whilst the country is in lockdown, and our advice to landowners is:
We are still accepting Field Change Request applications during this time so any proposed changes to protected spaces that are unaffected by the Covid-19 pandemic; such as granting of a lease, release or transfer of land, wayleaves or easements and revisions to buildings, should all follow the normal process.