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You can do this by accessing Land Registry records. If you have a postcode or an address for the property, enter it in to the following search engine and if the property is identified you can pay to download a copy of the register for the title:-
The register will cost £4.00 and you will be able to find out who owns it and whether there are interests registered against the title.
If you cannot locate the owner in this way then you will have to submit an index map search to the Land Registry by sending their Form SIM to them attaching a copy of a map with the area you want searched against edged in red. The form can be downloaded from here:-
They will then return confirming the title numbers of the land, you can then download the registers of those title numbers in the same way as above to find out who owns the land.
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Someone will historically own the land. If it is the council then they can sell it to whomever they like. If it is someone else and the council require the land then they would have to go through the compulsory purchase process, which is extremely complicated.
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Firslty, I'm not sure who the "community of wick" are in that I'm not sure that they are a legal entitly in the same way that a private individual or a council are. The donation may fail for that reason.
If in fact the community of wick is in reality the council then they can do what they like with the land.
If a person who is not the owner of land has occupied and treated the land as if it there was own for 10 years (if the land is registered) or 12 years (if the land is unregistered) then they may be able to claim it as their own by proving adverse possession to the .land registry.
I would find out who owns the land first and then come back to me.
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