AN OPEN space in South Harrow will not be registered as a town green after the application forms were deemed incomplete and to containing insufficient evidence.
John Evans, of Rayners Lane, and friend Howard Lamb submitted documents in July 2008 asking for the special designation - which would afford some protection from development - to be applied to the area on the Strongbridge Estate.
But earlier this month, Harrow Council's general purpose and licensing committee rejected the request on the basis their submission was incomplete.
Mr Evans said the council purposely prevaricated by seeking additional evidence that, he claimed, is not required.
"They kept asking stupid questions," he said. "They wrote to us to say, for example, can you give us the names and addresses of the people who played football on the land or those who lived nearby? This is all irrelevant. All they need are two witnesses."
Mr Evans said at the point the application was made, Harrow Council should have stopped the estate's landlord, the Metropolitan Housing Group, proceeding with construction to redevelop the housing there in case the potential town green was irrevocably disturbed.
He also claimed he was not informed of last week's meeting so he could attend in person.
Liberal Democrat group leader Councillor Chris Noyce, a solicitor who swore Mr Evans's and Mr Lamb's affidavits as part of the application, said: "I'm disappointed but not surprised by the decision.
"The council has dragged its feet and has come up with fatuous reasons for the delay over the course of the past two years. At the end of the day, the green, which is subject to the application, has been used for football on and off for 35 years."
A report to the committee says: "The applicants have been given every opportunity to provide the required information to validate their application but have failed to do so.
"Furthermore, it is submitted that the application is not supported by sufficient information for the land to be registered."
Land can be registered as a town or village green if, according to the Commons Act 2006, 'a significant number of the inhabitants of any locality, or of any neighbourhood within a locality, have indulged as of right in lawful sports and pastimes on the land for a period of at least 20 years'.
Officers said in this case no definition of 'locality' had been provided by any of three applicants.