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Housing (Financial Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1968

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44Power of local authorities to make grants in respect of provision of new houses for agricultural population

(1)A local authority may, and if so required by the Secretary of State shall, submit to the Secretary of State a scheme or schemes for assisting the provision of housing accommodation in new houses for the agricultural population, and on approval by the Secretary of State of any scheme so submitted a local authority may in accordance therewith give assistance in the manner hereinafter provided.

(2)Assistance under this section shall be given by way of payment on the completion of the house of a lump sum not exceeding either—

(a)one-half of the cost of the house, or

(b)two hundred and forty pounds in the case of a house containing three apartments, or three hundred pounds in the case of a house containing more than three apartments.

(3)Any person applying for assistance under this section shall furnish to the local authority full particulars of the house proposed to be erected, together with a statement, approved by an officer of the authority authorised in that behalf, of the estimated cost of the house, and such plans and specifications thereof as the authority may require.

(4)If the local authority approve an application under this section they shall issue to the applicant a certificate of their approval, which shall set out the terms and conditions upon which assistance will be given.

(5)On the completion of the house the applicant shall furnish the local authority with such information as they may require as to the cost of the house and shall satisfy them that it has been erected in accordance with the terms and conditions of the said certificate, and the authority shall not be liable to give assistance under this section until they are so satisfied.

(6)A local authority may in any case refuse to approve an application under this section on any grounds which seem to them sufficient, and shall refuse to approve such an application—

(a)in respect of any house which does not contain at least three apartments of superficial areas not less than such areas as may be specified in the scheme of assistance, and such conveniences as may be so specified;

(b)in respect of any house in respect of which a grant has been made under section 1 of the Hill Farming Act 1946 or under section 77 of the Agriculture (Scotland) Act 1948 or under section 22(2) of the Crofters (Scotland) Act 1955.

(7)Where a local authority refuse to approve an application under this section they shall, if the applicant so requests, notify him in writing of the grounds of their refusal.

(8)In this section the expression " apartment" does not include any apartment not designed for use as a living-room or as a bedroom.

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