To put the Board's perpetual licence and the associated charges into context, under the Countryside & Rights of Way (CROW) Act 2000 the Government has regularised the level of charges which owners of common land may levy against those who need an access over the common. This does not affect Ashdown Forest where the Board's system of licences is already in place. In other areas, depending on the age of the property concerned, owners could expect to pay between 0.25 - 0.50% of the value of their property for a licensed access across common land! There may have been in the past a few properties that were granted a specific right of vehicular access across the Forest. Even, however, if documentary evidence of a Deed granting such a right can be provided, this will not obviate the need for a Perpetual Licence for the right to maintain the access.

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