Case Study:

The homeless charity and the 'village green' made of tarmac

Summary

As can be seen from these pictures, no property is safe from the ‘village green’ scam.

Homeless charity The Nomad Trust hoped to create a new 20 bedroom Pathways Centre.

The charity’s idea was to help homeless people, from all walks of life, to regain their independence and self-respect.

The new centre was to help the homeless take control back of their lives and secure work and a place to live.

The site the charity chose for the project was on the corner of Lytton Street and Cannon Street, Lincoln (pictured).

The charity’s planning application was approved by city councillors on a Wednesday evening.  But the following Monday, local resident Allan Fullen (56) handed in a form.

It was the standard official application form, claiming that the property is a village green and applying to the council for it to be registered as such.

Nimby Weasel Words

‘No one has an issue with housing the homeless.’

Applicant for so-called ‘village green’, Allan Fullen, June 2009

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The proposal to be frustrated using the scam:

A shelter and resource, to help homeless people trying to get their lives back in order

Proposer of development:

Registered charity

Status of property owner:

Registered charity

Individual claiming that the land is a ‘town or village green’ and making the application:

Allan Fullen

Place:

Lytton Street and Cannon Street, Lincoln