This guidance sets out the criteria that we expect to be met for any proposed disposal or sale of land that Fields in Trust legally protects. Fields in Trust is responsive to local change and flexible in its dealings with landowners, provided that betterment for local communities in terms of outdoor sport, recreation or play can be demonstrated. Management and control of these vital resources should, where possible, remain with the local community, through their elected representatives who are best placed to meet local need and respond to changes in community circumstances. If the disposal relates to a transfer of the land where the continued use will be for public recreation then we may not seek replacement land, although a new Deed of Dedication or Minute of Agreement will need to be entered into with the new landowner.
Wherever Fields in Trust legally protects recreational land, its prior, written consent is required if land is to be disposed of. This consent is necessary irrespective of any other legal requirements in the respective home nations such as planning permission for change of use, educational legislation, or playing field legislation.
The exchange criteria apply to any means of disposal be it a freehold transfer, a leasehold transfer or otherwise. Land exchanges may be agreed, subject to the following criteria being met:
This policy was last updated in January 2019.