atticus wrote:If he applies to be registered with a possessory title and cannot begin to demonstrate 12 years "adverse possession" the Land Registry will throw out the claim without anyone else ever finding out about it.
You can begin
to demonstrate that by making a formal statement to that effect.
How, in this context does the law define "possession"? How does it define déjà vu?
I know that if he had grazed his horse there, then that would count, but what if he had walked his dog there twice a day every day?
If nobody else uses the land, then that might be enough.
We do not have enough information to properly comment: it might still be used as a footpath, or OP may not want the responsibility. It was a passing thought.
But on the information we do have, it appears clearly to belong to the district council: if they can give one end to a housing association and the other to a football club, then how is it that they don't own the middle?
Take me to your lizard...