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123 Disposal of land by principal councils.E+W

(1)Subject to the following provisions of this section, [F1and to those of the Playing Fields (Community Involvement in Disposal Decisions) (Wales) Measure 2010,] a principal council may dispose of land held by them in any manner they wish.

(2)Except with the consent of the Secretary of State, a council shall not dispose of land under this section, otherwise than by way of a short tenancy, for a consideration less than the best that can reasonably be obtained.

[F2(2A)A principal council may not dispose under subsection (1) above of any land consisting or forming part of an open space unless before disposing of 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 disposal which may be made to them.

[F3(2AA)Subsection (2A) does not apply to a disposal to which the provisions of regulations made under section 1 of the Playing Fields (Community Involvement in Disposal Decisions) (Wales) Measure 2010 apply.]

(2B)Where by virtue of subsection (2A) above [F4or in accordance with the provisions of regulations made under section 1 of the Playing Fields (Community Involvement in Disposal Decisions) (Wales) Measure 2010.] a council dispose of land which is held—

(a)for the purpose 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 disposal 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.]

F5(3)—(5). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F6(6). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(7)For the purposes of this section a disposal of land is a disposal by way of a short tenancy if it consists—

(a)of the grant of a term not exceeding seven years, or

(b)of the assignment of a term which at the date of the assignment has not more than seven years to run,

and in this section “public trust land” has the meaning assigned to it by section 122(6) above.

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C1S. 123 excluded by Education Reform Act 1988 (c. 40, SIF 41:1), ss. 76(11), 137(6), 189(6), 231(7), 235(6)

S. 123 excluded (6.5.1992) by Further and Higher Education Act 1992 (c. 13), s. 39(8); S.I. 1992/831, art. 2, Sch. 1

S. 123 excluded (1.1.1994) by 1993 c. 35, s. 41(7) (with s. 155(11)); S.I. 1993/3106, art. 4, Sch. 1 (with Sch. 2 para. 7(3))

S. 123 excluded (1.11.1996) by 1996 c. 56, ss. 204(7), 583(2) (with s. 1(4))

S. 123 excluded (1.10.1998) by 1998 c. 31, s. 77(6)(9) (with ss. 138(9), 144(6)); S.I. 1998/2212, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 Pt. I

S. 123 excluded (W.) (1.9.2001) by S.I. 2001/2678, reg. 16, Sch. 4 para. 21(5)

S. 123 excluded by Greenham and Crookham Commons Act 2002 (c. i), s. 18(11) (with ss. 38, 39) (the amendment coming into force in accordance with s. 1(2)-(4) of the amending Act)

C2S. 123 modified (7.8.1991) by S.I. 1991/1773, art. 8(2), Sch. 2

S. 123 modified (10.1.1992) by S.I. 1991/2913, art. 8(2), Sch. 2

C3S. 123: certain functions transferred (7.8.1991) by S.I. 1991/1773, art. 8, Sch. 2

S. 123: certain functions transferred (10.1.1992) by S.I. 1991/2913, art. 8, Sch. 2

S. 123: certain functions transferred (temp. from 4.5.1995 to 31.3.1996) by S.I. 1995/1042, art. 3(3)

C4S. 123 extended (3.4.1995) by 1994 c. 19, s. 51(6) (with ss. 54(5)(7), 55(5), Sch. 17 paras. 22(1), 23(2)); S.I. 1995/852, art. 8, Sch. 4

S. 123 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)

C5S. 123: power to make provisions about matters of the kind dealt with in this section conferred (1.9.1997) by 1997 c. 50, s. 44(1), Sch. 4(a)(vii); S.I. 1997/1930, art. 2(1)(2)(m)

C7S. 123 excluded (25.5.2007) by The School Organisation (Transitional Provisions) (England) Regulations 2007 (S.I. 2007/1355), regs. 40 46, {Sch. 4 para. 12(5)}

S. 123 restricted (1.11.2007) by Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (c. 28), ss. 26(3)(a), 245; S.I. 2007/3136, art. 2(a)

C10Ss. 120-123 applied (with modifications) (E.) (24.3.2011) by The Hull and Goole Port Health Authority Order 2011 (S.I. 2011/939), arts. 1(1), 7, Sch. 1

C13Ss. 120-123 applied (with modifications) (E.) (31.3.2017) by The Weymouth Port Health Authority Order 2017 (S.I. 2017/558), arts. 1(1), 8, Sch. 1

C16S. 123(2) excluded by Local Government Act 1988 (c. 9, SIF 81:1, 2), s. 26(5)(b)

S. 123(2) excluded (1.10.1993) by 1993 c. 35, s. 285; S.I. 1993/1975, art. 9, Sch. 1

S. 123(2) excluded (21.7.1994) by 1994 c. xi, s. 51(1)

S. 123(2) excluded (1.11.1996) by 1996 c. 56, ss. 75, 583(2) (with s. 1(4))

S. 123(2) excluded (1.9.1999) by 1998 c. 31, s. 22(7), Sch. 3 para. 12 (with ss. 138(9), 144(6)); S.I. 1999/2323, art. 2(1), Sch. 1

S. 123(2) excluded (26.7.2002) by Education Act 1996 (c. 56), s. 482(6), Sch. 35A para. 10(2) (as inserted (26.7.2002) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), s. 65, Sch. 7 Pt. 1 para. 1 (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/2002, art. 2

C17S. 123(2) applied (5.7.1994) by 1994 c. 19, ss. 39(2), 66(2)(b), Sch. 13 para. 11(4) (with ss. 54(5)(7), 55(5), Sch. 17 paras. 22(1), 23(2))

S. 123(2) applied (1.4.1995) by S.I. 1995/401, art. 16(2)

C18S. 123(2) restricted (28.7.2000) by 2000 c. 21, ss. 131, 154(5)(c), Sch. 8 para. 9(1)

C20S. 123(2)(2A) excluded by 2010 c. 32, Sch. 1 para. 20(2) (as substituted (1.2.2012) by Education Act 2011 (c. 21), s. 82(3), Sch. 14 para. 1; S.I. 2012/84, art. 3 (with art. 5))

C21S. 123(2) excluded (21.8.2013) by The Croxley Rail Link Order 2013 (S.I. 2013/1967), arts. 1, 43

C22S. 123(2A) applied (5.7.1994) by 1994 c. 19, ss. 39(2), 66(2)(b), Sch. 13 para. 11(4) (with ss. 54(5)(7), 55(5), Sch. 17 paras. 22(1), 23(2))

S. 123(2A) applied (1.4.1995) by S.I. 1995/401, art. 16(2)

C23S. 123(2A) restricted (28.7.2000) by 2000 c. 21, ss. 131, 154(5)(c), Sch. 8 para. 9(2)

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