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The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 (Commencement No. 4, Transitional and Saving Provisions) Regulations 2016

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1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 (Commencement No. 4, Transitional and Saving Provisions) Regulations 2016 and come into force on 31st December 2016.

(2) In these Regulations—

“the 2003 Act” means the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003(1);

“the 2016 Act” means the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016;

“core paths plan” means a plan adopted under section 18 (core paths plan: further procedure) of the 2003 Act, or such a plan as amended under section 20 (review and amendment of plan) of that Act; and

“relevant review” means a review and amendment of a core paths plan under section 20 of the 2003 Act which has begun prior to 31st December 2016, but in respect of which notice has not been given under section 18(8)(a) of the 2003 Act (as applied by section 20(5) or (7) of that Act) prior to that date.

Appointed day

2.  31st December 2016 is the day appointed for the coming into force of sections 83 (core paths plans) and 84 (access rights: service of court applications) of the 2016 Act.

Transitional provisions: amendment of core paths plan

3.—(1) Sections 20A (review and amendment of plan: further procedure) and 20B (review and amendment of plan: notice to owners and occupiers of land) of the 2003 Act apply to a relevant review as they apply to a review and amendment of a core paths plan under section 20 of the 2003 Act which begins on or after 31st December 2016, subject to paragraphs (2) to (5).

(2) Anything done under section 18 of the 2003 Act (as applied by section 20(7) of that Act) in relation to a relevant review prior to 31st December 2016 has effect as if it had been done under section 20A of the 2003 Act.

(3) Where, in relation to a relevant review, a plan has been made available for inspection under section 18(1)(b) of the 2003 Act (as applied by section 20(7) of that Act) prior to 31st December 2016, section 20A(1)(b) is to be read as if the words “the original plan and” were omitted.

(4) Where, in relation to a relevant review, a local authority has complied with section 18(1) of the 2003 Act (as applied by section 20(7) of the 2003 Act) prior to 31st December 2016 and—

(a)in the case where no objections have been made, or any made are withdrawn, but the local authority have not yet adopted the amended plan under section 18(2) of the 2003 Act (as applied by section 20(7) of that Act); or

(b)in the case where objections have been made and not withdrawn but the Scottish Ministers have not yet made a direction under section 18(7) of the 2003 Act (as applied by section 20(7) of that Act),

section 20B(1) is to be read as if the words “, at the same as complying with section 20A(1),” were omitted.

(5) Section 20B does not apply to a relevant review where, prior to 31st December 2016, the amended plan has been adopted under section 18(2) or the Scottish Ministers have made a direction under section 18(7) of the 2003 Act (in each case as applied by section 20(7) of the 2003 Act).

Saving provision: judicial determination of existence and extent of access rights

4.  Where, prior to 31st December 2016, an application has been served under section 28 (judicial determination of existence and extent of access rights and rights of way) of the 2003 Act, the modifications of section 28 of the 2003 Act made by section 84 of the 2016 Act have no effect in relation to that application.

R CUNNINGHAM

A member of the Scottish Government

St Andrew’s House,

Edinburgh

10th November 2016

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