Village green legislation is separate to planning legislation. If land has been used for public recreation for over 20 years, it might be possible for it to be designated as a village green and this would prevent its development. Village green status cannot be sought if proposals are put forward for the development of the land, e.g. if a planning application is submitted for its development or if the site is proposed for development in a Local Plan.
For further information on how to obtain village green status please refer to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs website.