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1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Compulsory Purchase of Land (Vesting Declarations) (England) Regulations 2017 and come into force on 3rd February 2017.
(2) These Regulations apply in relation to the compulsory purchase of land in England only.
2.—(1) In these Regulations—
“the Act” means the Compulsory Purchase (Vesting Declarations) Act 1981;
“relevant order” means an order which provides that the Act is to apply to the compulsory purchase of land which it authorises as if the order were a compulsory purchase order; and
“special enactment” means—
a local or private Act which authorises the compulsory purchase of land specifically identified in that Act, or
a provision which—
is contained in an Act other than a local or private Act, and
authorises the compulsory purchase of land specifically identified in that Act.
(2) Any reference in these Regulations to a numbered form is a reference to the form bearing that number in the Schedule or to a form substantially to the same effect as that form.
(3) For the purposes of these Regulations, a compulsory purchase of land is authorised—
(a)by a compulsory purchase order, on the day on which the order is confirmed by a Minister or another authority, or made by a Minister;
(b)by an order under section 1 or 3 of the Transport and Works Act 1992(1), on the day on which the Secretary of State determines under section 13(1) of that Act to make the order;
(c)by a harbour revision order, a harbour empowerment order or a harbour closure order under the Harbours Act 1964(2), on the day on which the order is made by a Minister or a person who is designated in an order made under section 42A of that Act(3);
(d)by any other relevant order, on the day on which the order is made by a Minister; or
(e)by a special enactment(4), on the day on which the special enactment is enacted.
3.—(1) This regulation applies only in relation to a compulsory purchase of land which is authorised on or after 3rd February 2017.
(2) The prescribed forms in relation to the provisions of the Act mentioned below are as follows—
(a)for the purposes of section 4(1), the form of general vesting declaration is Form 1;
(b)for the purposes of section 6(1), the form of notice specifying the land and stating the effect of a general vesting declaration is Form 2.
4.—(1) The Secretary of State must from time to time—
(a)carry out a review of regulations 1 to 3,
(b)set out the conclusions of the review in a report, and
(c)publish the report.
(2) The report must in particular—
(a)set out the objectives intended to be achieved by the regulatory system established by regulations 1 to 3,
(b)assess the extent to which those objectives are achieved, and
(c)assess whether those objectives remain appropriate and, if so, the extent to which they could be achieved with a system that imposes less regulation.
(3) The first report under this regulation must be published before the end of the period of five years beginning with 3rd February 2017.
(4) Reports under this regulation are afterwards to be published at intervals not exceeding five years.
5.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2), the Compulsory Purchase of Land (Vesting Declarations) Regulations 1990(5) are revoked in relation to England.
(2) The Regulations mentioned in paragraph (1) are to continue to have effect in relation to a compulsory purchase of land which is authorised before 3rd February 2017.
Signed by authority of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Minister of State
Department for Communities and Local Government
9th January 2017
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