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Housing on Farms Act (Northern Ireland) 1972

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S.1 rep. by 1978 NI 2

2Restrictions on the making of grants under Part I.N.I.

A grant shall not be paid under this Part in respect of the provision of any new farmhouse where—

(a)the net annual value of a farmhouse on the farm (other that the new farmhouse) exceeds [F1 £300]; or

(b)any other grant out of money provided by Parliament, or by the Parliament of the United Kingdom, is paid in respect of the provision of the farmhouse; or

(c)the farmhouse when completed will not conform to such standards as the Ministry may prescribe with respect to siting, accommodation and construction.

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F1SR 1976/22

3Statutory conditions under Part I.N.I.

Where a grant is paid by the Ministry under this Part in respect of the provision of a new farmhouse on any farm, the following conditions (in this Act referred to as “the Part I conditions” ) shall, until the expiration of the period of five years next after the date of the payment of the grant (in this section referred to as “the relevant period” ), apply in relation to such farmhouse and such farm—

(a)the new farmhouse shall, as soon as practicable, be occupied as the dwelling-house of a person who is engaged in carrying on and directing operations on the farm on which it is situate, and the farmhouse, or any share therein or any part thereof, shall not, without the consent of the Ministry, be used otherwise than as the dwelling-house of such a person and his family;

(b)the new farmhouse, or any share therein or part thereof, shall not, without the written consent of the Ministry, be transferred, assigned, let or sub-let to any person otherwise than for use as aforesaid;

(c)any premises previously used as a farmhouse shall not, without the written consent of the Ministry, be used for human habitation;

(d)the new farmhouse shall not be enlarged, altered or structurally modified so that the superficial area thereof exceeds fifteen hundred square feet;

(e)an officer or servant of the Ministry duly authorised by it in writing in that behalf may, where the Ministry has reasonable cause to believe that the Part I conditions are not being performed and observed, at all reasonable times enter the new farmhouse and any premises previously used as a farmhouse for the purpose of ascertaining whether those conditions are being duly performed and observed.

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