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Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1972

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Part IGeneral Provisions

Execution of general vesting declarations

1(1)Where a compulsory purchase order authorising an acquiring authority to acquire any land has come into operation, the authority may execute in respect of any of the land which they are authorised to acquire by the compulsory purchase order a declaration in the prescribed form (in this Schedule referred to as " a general vesting declaration ") vesting the land in themselves as from the end of such period as may be specified in the declaration (not being less than twenty-eight days) from the date on which the service of notices required by paragraph 4 below is completed.

(2)A general vesting declaration shall contain a particular description of the lands affected or a description by reference of those lands in the manner provided by section 61 of the Conveyancing (Scotland) Act 1874.

2(1)Before making a general vesting declaration with respect to any land which is subject to a compulsory purchase order, the acquiring authority shall include in the notice of the making or confirmation of the order which is required to be published or served by paragraph 6 of Schedule 1 to the Acquisition Act 1947 or any other provision of the relevant enactments corresponding to that paragraph, or in a notice given subsequently and before the service of the notice to treat in respect of that land—

(a)such a statement of the effect of paragraphs 1 to 8 of this Schedule as may be prescribed; and

(b)a notification to the effect that every person who, if a general vesting declaration were made in respect of all the land comprised in the order in respect of which notice to treat has not been given, would be entitled to claim compensation in respect of any such land is invited to give information to the authority making the declaration in the prescribed form with respect to his name and address and the land in question.

(2)The requirements of the relevant enactments with respect to the publication and service of a notice of the making or confirmation of a compulsory purchase order shall apply to a notice under this paragraph given subsequently to the first-mentioned notice.

3A general vesting declaration shall not be executed before the end of the period of two months beginning with the date of the first publication of the notice complying with paragraph 2(1) above, or such longer period, if any, as may be specified in the notice:

Provided that, with the consent in writing of every occupier of any of the land specified in the declaration, the acquiring authority may execute a general vesting declaration before the end of that period of two months, or of the longer period so specified, as the case may be.

4As soon as may be after executing a general vesting declaration, the acquiring authority shall serve—

(a)on every occupier of any of the land specified in the declaration (other than land in which there subsists a short tenancy or a long tenancy which is about to expire); and

(b)on every other person who has given information to the authority with respect to any of that land in pursuance of the invitation published and served under paragraph 2(1) above,

a notice in the prescribed form specifying the land and stating the effect of the declaration.

5For the purposes of this Schedule, a certificate by the acquiring authority that the service of notices required by paragraph 4 above was completed on a date specified in the certificate shall be conclusive evidence of the fact so stated.

Effect of general vesting declaration

6At the end of the period specified in a general vesting declaration, the provisions of the Lands Clauses Acts and of section 6 of the Railways Clauses Consolidation (Scotland) Act 1845 (both as incorporated by Schedule 2 to the Acquisition Act 1947) and of the Land Compensation (Scotland) Act 1963 shall apply as if, on the date on which the declaration was made, a notice to treat had been served on every person on whom, under section 17 of the Lands Clauses Consolidation (Scotland) Act 1845 (on the assumption that they required to take the whole of the land specified in the declaration and had knowledge of all the parties referred to in that section) the acquiring authority could have served such a notice, other than—

(a)any person entitled to an interest in the land in respect of which such a notice had actually been served before the end of that period; and

(b)any person entitled to a short tenancy or a long tenancy which is about to expire.

7At the end of the period specified in a general vesting declaration, the land specified in the declaration, together with the right to enter upon and take possession of it, shall vest in the acquiring authority as if the circumstances in which under the said Act of 1845 an authority authorised to purchase land compulsorily have any power to expede a notarial instrument (whether for vesting land or any interest in land in themselves or for extinguishing the whole or part of any feu-duty, ground annual or rent, or other payment or incumbrance) had arisen in respect of all the land and all interests therein, and the acquiring authority had duly exercised that power accordingly at the end of that period.

8Where any land specified in a general vesting declaration is land in which there subsists a short tenancy or a long tenancy which is about to expire—

(a)the right of entry conferred by paragraph 7 above shall not be exercisable in respect of that land unless, after serving a notice to treat in respect of that tenancy, the acquiring authority have served upon every occupier of any of the land in which the tenancy subsists a notice stating that, at the end of such period as is specified in the notice (not being less than fourteen days) from the date on which the notice is served, they intend to enter upon and take possession of such land as is specified in the notice, and that period has expired; and

(b)the vesting of the land in the acquiring authority shall be subject to the tenancy until that period expires, or the tenancy comes to an end, whichever first occurs.

Recovery of compensation overpaid

9The provisions of paragraphs 10 to 14 below shall have effect where, after the acquiring authority have made a general vesting declaration in respect of any land, a person claims compensation in respect of the acquisition by the authority of an interest in any land by virtue of the declaration, and the authority pay compensation in respect of that interest.

10If, in a case falling within paragraph 9 above, it is subsequently shown—

(a)that the land, or the claimant's interest in it, was subject to an incumbrance which was not disclosed in the particulars of his claim; and

(b)that by reason of that incumbrance the compensation paid exceeded the compensation to which the claimant was entitled in respect of that interest,

the acquiring authority may recover the amount of the excess from the claimant.

11If in a case falling within paragraph 9 above, it is subsequently shown that the claimant was not entitled to the interest in question, either in the whole or in part of the land to which the claim related, the acquiring authority may recover from him an amount equal to the compensation paid, or to so much of that compensation as, on a proper apportionment thereof, is attributable to that part of the land, as the case may be.

12Any question arising under paragraph 10 or 11 above—

(a)as to the amount of the compensation to which the claimant was entitled in respect of an interest in land; or

(b)as to the apportionment of any compensation paid, shall be referred to and determined by the Lands Tribunal; and in relation to the determination of any such question, the provisions of section 9 of the Land Compensation (Scotland) Act 1963 shall apply, subject to any necessary modifications.

13Subject to paragraph 12 above, any amount recoverable by the acquiring authority under paragraph 10 or 11 above shall be recoverable in any court of competent jurisdiction.

14Any sum recovered under paragraph 10 or 11 above in respect of land by an acquiring authority who are a local authority shall be applied towards the repayment of any debt incurred in acquiring or redeveloping that land or if no debt was so incurred shall be paid into the account out of which the compensation in respect of the acquisition of that land was paid.

Penalty for false information in claiming compensation

15(1)If any person, for the purpose of obtaining for himself or for any other person any compensation in respect of the acquisition by the acquiring authority of an interest in land by virtue of a general vesting declaration—

(a)knowingly or recklessly makes a statement which is false in a material particular; or

(b)with intent to deceive produces, furnishes, sends or otherwise makes use of any book, account, or other document which is false in a material particular; or

(c)with intent to deceive withholds any material information, he shall be guilty of an offence.

(2)Any person guilty of an offence under this paragraph shall (without prejudice to the recovery of any sum under paragraph 10 or 11 above) be liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding £400;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or a fine, or both.

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