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[F1(1)Subject to the following provisions of this section, a Diocesan Board of Finance may with the consent of the Commissioners sell, exchange, lease, mortgage or otherwise deal with any diocesan glebe land of the diocese; and where the amenities of any land will be affected by the proposed transaction and the Board or the Commissioners think it necessary to do so in the interest of safeguarding those amenities they may, notwithstanding anything in section 19(1) above, include or require to be included such terms safeguarding those amenities as, having regard to all the circumstances, they consider reasonable and proper.]
[F2(2)The consent of the Commissioners shall not be required for a disposition of land to a subsidiary of the Diocesan Board of Finance for the purposes of a scheme made under section 19A above.
(2A)Subject to subsection (6A) below and without prejudice to subsection (2) above, the consent of the Commissioners shall not be required for a disposition of land if—
(a)the disposition is made to a person who is not a connected person or a trustee for, or nominee of, a connected person; and
(b)the requirements of subsection (2B) or (2C) below have been complied with in relation to it.
(2B)Except where the proposed disposition is the granting of such a lease as is mentioned in subsection (2C) below, the Diocesan Board of Finance must, before entering into an agreement for the sale or (as the case may be) for a lease or other disposition, of the land—
(a)obtain and consider a written report on the proposed disposition from a qualified surveyor instructed by and acting exclusively for the Board;
(b)advertise the proposed disposition for such period and in such manner as the surveyor has advised in his report (unless he has there advised that it would not be the best interests of the diocese to advertise the proposed disposition); and
(c)decide that it is satisfied, having considered the surveyor’s report, that the terms on which the disposition is proposed to be made (including any terms for safeguarding the amenities of the land) are the best that can be reasonably obtained for the diocese.
(2C)Where the proposed disposition is the granting of a lease for a term ending not more than seven years after it is granted (other than one granted wholly or partly in consideration of a fine), the Board must, before entering into an agreement for the lease—
(a)obtain and consider the advice on the proposed disposition of a person who is reasonably believed by the Board to have the requisite ability and practical experience to provide it with competent advice on the proposed disposition; and
(b)decide that it is satisfied, having considered that person’s advice, that the terms on which the disposition is proposed to be made (including any terms for safeguarding the amenities of the land) are the best that can reasonably be obtained for the diocese.]
(3)If the Commissioners are satisfied—
(a)that the scheme for the management of the diocesan glebe land of a diocese which has been approved by them under the said section 19 is not being complied with, or
(b)that the scheme is not being so operated as to result in the efficient management of that land,
they may by notice in writing given to the Diocesan Board of Finance suspend the [F3operation of such provisions of the scheme as may be specified in the notice].
(4)If a Diocesan Board of Finance on which a notice has been served under subsection (3) above satisfies the Commissioners that the scheme for the management of the diocesan glebe land of the diocese is being complied with or, as the circumstances require, that the Board has taken the action necessary to ensure that the scheme will thereafter be so operated as to result in the efficient management of that land, the Commissioners shall by notice in writing given to the Board cancel the suspension effected under subsection (3) above.
(5)[F3Where the Board proposes to enter into]any transaction under subsection (1) above the Board shall serve on the incumbent of the benefice in the parish of which the land to which the transaction relates is situated or, [F4 if the benefice is vacant-
(a)on the priest-in-charge of the benefice, in the event of a priest-in-charge being appointed for the benefice during a suspension period declared in respect of the benefice under section 67 of the Pastoral Measure 1983; or
(b)on the churchwardens of the parish, in any other case] a notice informing him or them of the nature of the proposed transaction, identifying the land to which it relates and the easements (if any) over any church land or parsonage land of which that land has the benefit, and stating that written representations with respect to the transaction may be made to the board not later than a date specified in the notice, being a date not less than twenty-one days after service of the notice.
(6)Where a transaction consists of the lease of diocesan glebe land which had it not become such land would be an excluded part of a parsonage house, a notice under subsection (5) above shall, if the benefice is vacant, be served on the bishop of the diocese as well as on the [F5priest-in-charge or churchwardens of the parish, as the case may be]
[F6(6A)Where representations are made to the Board under subsection (5) above, the Board shall forward a copy of the representations to the Commissioners together with details of the proposed transaction and subsection (2A) above shall not apply to the transaction unless the Commissioners, having considered the representations, direct that it shall apply.]
[F7(6A)Where a transaction is in respect of diocesan glebe land situated in the area of a benefice for which a team ministry is established, subsection (5) above shall have effect in relation to every vicar in the team ministry and, in the case of a house occupied by a member of the team, in relation to that member as it has effect in relation to the incumbent of the benefice.]
(7)When making an application to the Commissioners for their [F8consent to] any transaction under subsection (1) above, any such Board shall [F8, if no representations were made to the Board under subsection (5) above with respect to the transaction, forward], a statement by the Board to that effect.
(8)Before deciding whether to [F8consent to] the terms of any transaction under subsection (1) above the Commissioners shall consider any representation a copy of which has been sent to them under subsection (7) above, and where the transaction consists of the lease of such land as is referred to in subsection (6) above they shall, if the incumbent concerned so requests, or if during a vacancy the bishop of the diocese or the churchwardens of the parish so request, give him or them, as the case may be, an opportunity to make oral representations to their representative with respect to the proposed transaction.
(9)As a condition of giving their [F8consent]to the terms of any transaction under subsection (1) above the Commissioners may require the Board to include in the conveyance, deed of exchange, lease or other document such provisions, if any, as appear to them to be necessary to give effect to those terms.
(10)A statement in a document signed by the secretary or other duly authorised officer of the Commissioners that the Commissioners have [F8consented to] the terms of any transaction under subsection (1) above which is specified in the document shall be conclusive evidence that [F8such consent has been obtained].
(11)A statement in a document giving effect to a transaction made by a Diocesan Board of Finance [F8or any subsidiary of the Board under this section that all the requirements of the Measure with respect to the transaction have been complied with shall, if the document is sealed with the seal of the Board or the subsidiary or is signed on behalf of the Board by a person duly authorised by the Board or the subsidiary] to act in its behalf, be conclusive evidence of that fact.
[F9(12)In this section the expressions “connected person” and “qualified surveyor” have the same meanings as in section 1 of the Parsonages Measure 1938.]
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