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Acquisition of Land Act 1981

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Part I General

    1. 1. Application of Act.

    2. Compulsory purchase

      1. 2. Procedure for authorisation.

      2. 3. Minerals.

      3. 4. Assessment of compensation.

    3. Supplemental

      1. 5. Local inquiries.

      2. 6. Service of documents.

    4. Interpretation

      1. 7. Interpretation.

      2. 8. Statutory undertakers.

      3. 9. Land held inalienably.

  3. Part II Purchases By Local And Other Authorities

    1. 10. Preliminary.

    2. Notices prior to submission of order to confirming authority

      1. 11. Notices in newspapers.

      2. 12. Notices to owners, lessees and occupiers.

    3. Confirmation of order

      1. 13. Confirmation of order.

      2. 14. Land not originally included in order.

      3. 15. Notices after confirmation of order.

  4. Part III Special Kinds of Land

    1. 16. Statutory undertakers’ land excluded from compulsory purchase.

    2. Orders subject to special parliamentary procedure

      1. 17. Local authority and statutory undertakers’ land.

      2. 18. National Trust land.

      3. 19. Commons, open spaces etc.

      4. 20. Ancient monuments.

      5. 21. Land within more than one provision in Part III.

    3. Supplemental

      1. 22. Notice of giving of certificate.

  5. Part IV Validity and Date of Operation of Orders and Certificates

    1. 23. Grounds for application to High Court.

    2. 24. Powers of the court.

    3. 25. Restriction on other court proceedings.

    4. 26. Date of operation.

    5. 27. Exclusion of orders confirmed by Act of Parliament.

  6. Part V Procedure in Special Cases

    1. Compulsory acquisition of rights over land

      1. 28. Acquisition of rights over land by the creation of new rights.

      2. 29. Compulsory rights orders under Opencast Coal Act 1958.

      3. 30. Acquisition of rights in connection with underground storage of gas.

    2. Statutory undertakers’ land

      1. 31. Acquisition under certain Acts of statutory undertakers’ land without a certificate.

  7. Part VI Footpaths and Bridleways

    1. 32. Power to extinguish certain public rights of way.

    2. 33. Land acquired before commencement of this Act.

  8. Part VII Supplemental

    1. 34. Consequential amendments, transitionals and repeals.

    2. 35. Short title, commencement and extent.

  9. SCHEDULES

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      Purchases by Ministers

      1. 1.(1) This Schedule has effect where a Minister is the...

      2. Notices in newspapers

        1. 2.(1) The Minister shall in two successive weeks publish a...

      3. Notices to owners, lessees and occupiers

        1. 3.(1) The Minister shall serve on every owner, lessee and...

      4. Making of order

        1. 4.(1) If no objection is duly made by any such...

      5. Land not included in draft order

        1. 5.The order, as made by the Minister, shall not, unless...

      6. Notices after making of order

        1. 6.As soon as may be after the order has been...

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      Minerals

      1. Part I

        1. 1.(1) A compulsory purchase order may, as respects all or...

      2. Part II

        1. 2.(1) The acquiring authority shall not be entitled to any...

      3. Part III

        1. 3.(1) If the owner of any underlying mines or minerals...

        2. 4.(1) If before the expiration of 30 days from the...

        3. Severed mines

          1. 5.(1) If underlying mines in which any protected minerals are...

          2. 6.(1) If underlying mines extend on both sides of the...

          3. 7.(1) Where works carried out under paragraph 5 above cause...

        4. Powers of entry

          1. 8.(1) For the purpose of ascertaining whether underlying mines have...

        5. Remedial works

          1. 9.(1) If it appears that mines have been worked contrary...

    3. SCHEDULE 3

      Acquisition of Rights over Land by the Creation of New Rights

      1. Part I

        1. 1.In this Schedule “right” means a right to which section...

        2. General modifications

          1. 2.(1) This Act shall have effect with the modifications necessary...

      2. Part II Acquisition of New Rights Over Special Kinds of Land

        1. Statutory undertakers land

          1. 3.(1) This paragraph applies where the land over which a...

        2. Orders subject to special parliamentary procedure

        3. Local authority and statutory undertakers’ land

          1. 4.(1) This paragraph applies to land which—

        4. National Trust land

          1. 5.(1) This paragraph applies to land belonging to the National...

        5. Commons, open spaces etc.

          1. 6.(1) In so far as a compulsory purchase order authorises...

        6. Ancient monuments

          1. 7.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

        7. Land within more than one provision in this Schedule

          1. 8.In the case of land falling within more than one...

        8. Notice of giving of certificate

          1. 9.As soon as may be after the giving of a...

    4. SCHEDULE 4

      CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS

      1. Translation of references to the Act of 1946

        1. 1.In the enactment specified in the Table below for “Acquisition...

      2. Land Settlement Facilities Act 1919 (c. 59)

        1. 2.(1) In section 2(1) of the Land Settlement Facilities Act...

      3. Agriculture Act 1947 (c. 48)

        1. 3.(1) The Agriculture Act 1947 shall be amended as follows....

        2. 4.. . . . . . . . . ....

        3. 5.. . . . . . . . . ....

        4. 6.. . . . . . . . . ....

      4. Coast Protection Act 1949 (c. 74)

        1. 7.(1) In section 14(2) of the Coast Protection Act 1949...

      5. National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 (c. 97)

        1. 8.In section 103 of the National Parks and Access to...

      6. Housing Repairs and Rents Act 1954 (c. 53)

        1. 9.For section 50 of the Housing Repairs and Rents Act...

        2. 10.. . . . . . . . . ....

      7. Opencast Coal Act 1958 (c. 69)

        1. 11.(1) The Opencast Coal Act 1958 shall be amended as...

        2. 12.. . . . . . . . . ....

      8. Police Act 1964 (c. 48)

        1. 13.In section 9(2) of the Police Act 1964 for the...

      9. Compulsory Purchase Act 1965 (c. 56)

        1. 14.(1) The Compulsory Purchase Act 1965 shall be amended as...

      10. Agriculture Act 1967 (c. 22)

        1. 15.(1) The Agriculture Act of 1967 shall be amended as...

      11. Leasehold Reform Act 1967 (c. 88)

        1. 16.(1) Schedule 4 to the Leasehold Reform Act 1967 shall...

      12. Countryside Act 1968 (c. 41)

        1. 17.(1) In the Countryside Act 1968 paragraph 3 of Schedule...

      13. Transport Act 1968 (c. 73)

        1. 18.(1) Section 10 of the Transport Act 1968 shall be...

      14. Courts Act 1971 (c. 23)

        1. 19.In paragraph 3 of Schedule 3 to the Courts Act...

        2. 20.. . . . . . . . . ....

        3. 21.. . . . . . . . . ....

        4. 22.. . . . . . . . . ....

      15. Gas Act 1972 (c. 60)

        1. 23.In Schedule 2 to the Gas Act 1972 for paragraph...

        2. 24.. . . . . . . . . ....

        3. 25.. . . . . . . . . ....

      16. Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 (c. 57)

        1. 26.For subsection (5) of section 13 of the Local Government...

      17. Development of Rural Wales Act 1976 (c. 75)

        1. 27.(1) The Development of Rural Wales Act 1976 shall be...

      18. National Health Service Act 1977 (c. 49)

        1. 28.For section 87(4) of the National Health Service Act 1977...

      19. Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 (c. 46)

        1. 29.In Schedule 5 to the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas...

      20. Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980 (c. 65)

        1. 30.(1) The Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980 shall...

      21. Highways Act 1980 (c. 66)

        1. 31.(1) The Highways Act 1980 shall be amended as follows....

      22. Animal Health Act 1981 (c. 22)

        1. 32.At the end of section 55(2) of the Animal Health...

      23. New Towns Act 1981 (c. 64)

        1. 33.In section 72(2) of the New Towns Act 1981 for...

    5. SCHEDULE 5

      Transitional

      1. References to old law to include new law

        1. 1.(1) This paragraph is without prejudice to section 17(2)(a) of...

      2. References to new law to include old law

        1. 2.Any reference, whether express or implied, in any enactment, instrument...

      3. Periods of time

        1. 3.Where a period of time specified in any enactment repealed...

      4. Successor authorities

        1. 4.(1) Any reference in this Act (whether express or implied)...

      5. Construction of enactments applying the 1946 Act

        1. 5.Section 1(1)(a) of this Act includes in particular a compulsory...

      6. Local authority and statutory undertakers land excluded from compulsory purchase

        1. 6.Section 17(3) and paragraph 4(3) of Schedule 3 above—

      7. Extinguishment of certain public rights of way

        1. 7.The repeal by this Act of section 3 of the...

    6. SCHEDULE 6

      REPEALS

      1. PART I

        1. The repeals by this Act in section 13 of the...

      2. PART II SPENT PROVISIONS

      3. PART III STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS

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