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Localism Act 2011

Sections 95, 96 and 97: Moratorium on the disposal of listed assets

230.Section 95 prohibits the owner of listed land from entering into a relevant disposal of it except where specified conditions are satisfied. These conditions provide for notification to the local authority by the owner of an intention to make a relevant disposal, and for either a six week interim moratorium or a six month full moratorium (which may be triggered by a community interest group) to apply. They also provide for an eighteen month protected period when no further moratorium will apply. Types of relevant disposals that are exempted from the moratorium conditions are listed, with a power to specify further exemptions in regulations. ‘Community interest group’ is to be defined in regulations. Section 96 defines a relevant disposal as being a disposal with vacant possession of a freehold estate or the grant or assignment with vacant possession of a lease granted for at least 25 years. A power is included to amend the definition. Section 97 specifies what the local authority must do on receiving notice under section 95 from the owner.

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