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Deregulation Act 2015

Modifications arising from administrative errors

606.Paragraph 3 inserts a new section 53ZA into the 1981 Act. The new section 53ZA confers power on the Secretary of State to provide for Schedules 13A and 14A to the Act to apply with prescribed modifications in relation to the making of orders under section 53(2) of the 1981 Act where a surveying authority is satisfied that the conditions set out in subsection (1)(a) to (c) are met. The conditions are that:

  • it is requisite to make a modification to a definitive map and statement in consequence of an event mentioned in section 53(3)(c);

  • the need for the modification has arisen because of an administrative error; and

  • both the error and the modification needed to correct it are obvious.

607.Under the new subsection (4) an authority must, in deciding whether paragraphs (a) to (c) apply, have regard to any guidance given by the Secretary of State.

608.These new powers will enable the Secretary of State to put in place a simpler and shorter order-making procedure, based on Schedules 13A and 14A to the 1981 Act, where the need for a modification to a map and statement arises because of an administrative error. This will remove the burden on an authority which must presently follow lengthy procedures designed for potentially contentious situations.

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