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122 Appropriation of land by principal councils.E+W

(1)Subject to the following provisions of this section, a principal council may appropriate for any purpose for which the council are authorised by this or any other enactment to acquire land by agreement any land which belongs to the council and is no longer required for the purpose for which it is held immediately before the appropriation; but the appropriation of land by a council by virtue of this subsection shall be subject to the rights of other persons in, over or in respect of the land concerned.

(2)A principal council may not appropriate under subsection (1) above any land which they may be authorised to appropriate under [F1section 229 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990] (land forming part of a common, etc.) unless—

(a)the total of the land appropriated in any particular common, . . . F2 or fuel or field garden allotment (giving those expressions the same meanings as in [F3the said section 229]) does not in the aggregate exceed 250 square yards, and

(b)before appropriating the land they cause notice of their intention to do so, specifying the land in question, to be advertised in two consecutive weeks in a newspaper circulatiing in the area in which the land is situated, and consider any objections to the proposed appropriation which may be made to them,

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[F5(2A)A principal council may not appropriate under subsection (1) above any land consisting or forming part of an open space unless before appropriating the land they cause notice of their intention to do so, specifying the land in question, to be advertised in two consecutive weeks in a newspaper circulating in the area in which the land is situated, and consider any objections to the proposed appropriation which may be made to them.

(2B)Where land appropriated by virtue of subsection (2A) above is held—

(a)for the purposes of section 164 of the Public Health Act 1875 (pleasure grounds); or

(b)in accordance with section 10 of the Open Spaces Act 1906 (duty of local authority to maintain open spaces and burial grounds),

the land shall by virtue of the appropriation be freed from any trust arising solely by virtue of its being land held in trust for enjoyment by the public in accordance with the said section 164 or, as the case may be, the said section 10.]

F6(3). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(4)Where land has been acquired under this Act or any other enactment or any statutory order incorporating the Lands Clauses Acts and is subsequently appropriated under this section, any work executed on the land after the appropriation has been effected shall be treated for the purposes of section 68 of the M1Lands Clauses Consolidation Act 1845 and section 10 of the M2Compulsory Purchase Act 1965 as having been authorised by the enactment or statutory order under which the land was acquired.

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C1S. 122 extended (with modifications) (19.9.1995) by 1995 c. 25, ss. 65(7), 125(2), Sch. 8 para. 1(1)(a)(4) (with ss.7(6), 115, 117, Sch. 8 para. 7)

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