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The Crofting Community Body Form of Application for Consent to Buy Croft Land etc. and Notice of Minister’s Decision (Scotland) Regulations 2004

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Scottish Statutory Instruments

2004 No. 224

LAND REFORM

The Crofting Community Body Form of Application for Consent to Buy Croft Land etc. and Notice of Minister’s Decision (Scotland) Regulations 2004

Made

18th May 2004

Laid before the Scottish Parliament

21st May 2004

Coming into force

15th June 2004

The Scottish Ministers in exercise of the powers conferred by section 73(5) and section 82(1) of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003(1) and of all other powers enabling them in that behalf, hereby make the following Regulations:

Citation, commencement and interpretation

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Crofting Community Body Form of Application for Consent to Buy Croft Land etc. and Notice of Ministers' Decision (Scotland) Regulations 2004 and shall come into force on 15th June 2004.

(2) In these Regulations–

“the Act” means the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003;

“crofting community body” has the same meaning as in section 71 of the Act.

Application by crofting community body for consent to buy croft land

2.  An application under section 73(2) of the Act by a crofting community body for consent to buy eligible croft land or sporting interests shall be submitted to Ministers in, or as near as may be in, the form in Schedule 1 to these Regulations(2).

Notification of Ministers' decision on application

3.  Ministers shall notify their decision under section 82 of the Act on an application by a crofting community body to buy eligible croft land or sporting interests in, or as near as may be in, the form of Schedule 2 to these Regulations.

ALLAN WILSON

Authorised to sign by the Scottish Ministers

St Andrew’s House, Edinburgh

18th May 2004

Regulation 2

SCHEDULE 1

APPLICATION FORM FOR CONSENT TO BUY ELIGIBLE CROFT LAND OR SPORTING INTERESTSLand Reform (Scotland) Act 2003

Regulation 3

SCHEDULE 2NOTICE UNDER SECTION 82 OF THE LAND REFORM (SCOTLAND) ACT 2003 OF SCOTTISH MINISTERS DECISION ON AN APPLICATION TO PURCHASE BY A CROFTING COMMUNITY BODY

1.  Name of crofting community body.

2.  Description of land or sporting interests which are the subject of the application.

3.  Decision on application and date from which it is effective (See Notes 1 to 5).

4.  Any conditions attaching to consent if application is approved.

5.  Reasons for decision.

NOTES

1.  If the transfer is not completed within 6 months, or within 2 months of the price being fixed, the application is treated as being withdrawn.

2.  A decision of the Scottish Ministers to consent to an application may be appealed by summary application to the Sheriff by the following persons–

(a)any person who is a member of the crofting community defined in relation to the applicant crofting community in pursuance of section 71 of the Act;

(b)the owner of or, as the case may be, person entitled to the subjects of the application;

(c)any other person who has any interest in the land or sporting interests giving rise to a right which is legally enforceable by that person;

(d)the owners of all land contiguous to land which consists of the subjects of the application;

(e)the Crofters Commission; and

(f)any other person whom Scottish Ministers considered to have an interest in the application under section 73(8)(a) of the Act.

3.  A decision of the Scottish Ministers to refuse an application may be appealed by summary application to the Sheriff by the applicant crofting community body.

4.  A decision of the Scottish Ministers to consent to an application has the following consequences–

(a)Scottish Ministers will within 7 days appoint a valuer of the croft land to be acquired;

(b)the owner of the croft land is required to make available to the crofting community body the title deeds of the land to be acquired within 6 weeks of the consent by Scottish Ministers;

(c)in the event that the application proposed that there could be a leaseback of the sporting interests to the owner, the current owner has notified Ministers that he wishes a lease back and Ministers have not been provided with a copy of an agreement on the terms and conditions of the lease then, within 7 days, Ministers will refer the question of what terms and conditions are appropriate to the Land Court so that the Court may determine these terms and conditions;

(d)any rights of pre emption, redemption or reversion or deriving from any option to purchase are suspended as from the date of Ministers' approval and are revived either when the transfer of the land is completed, or if such a transfer is not completed because the crofting community body does not proceed with the purchase.

5.  A copy of the Scottish Ministers decision–

(a)will be lodged in the Register of Crofting Community Rights to Buy to be held by the Crofters Commission and will be available for public inspection;

(b)will be sent to–

(i)the owner of the land, or as the case may be, the person entitled to the sporting interest to which the application relates;

(ii)every other person whom Ministers invited to give views on the application;

(iii)in the case of a decision to consent to the application to the Keeper of the Registers of Scotland.

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations specify the application form to be used by a crofting community body when it is seeking the consent of the Scottish Ministers to purchase eligible croft land or sporting interests (regulation 2 and Schedule 1). The Regulations also specify in Schedule 2 the form to be used by Scottish Ministers when giving notification of their decision on such an application by a crofting community body. This form gives details of the rights of appeal available in relation to the decision of Scottish Ministers, and also sets out the consequences of their decision.

(1)

2003 asp 2. Section 98(1) contains definitions of “Ministers” and “prescribed” relevant to the exercise of the statutory powers under which these Regulations are made.

(2)

In terms of section 73(6)(a) of the Act a copy of the application must be sent to the owner at the same time that the application is submitted to Scottish Ministers.

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