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Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016

9ZI Temporary stop notice

92.Section 9ZI(1) and (2) gives the Welsh Ministers the power to issue a temporary stop notice. A temporary stop notice may be issued where any works have been, or are being, executed to a scheduled monument or to land in, on or under which a monument is situated if it appears to the Welsh Ministers that the works are unauthorised or fail to comply with a condition attached to a scheduled monument consent and the Welsh Ministers consider it expedient to stop the works immediately, having regard to the effect of the works on the monument as one of national importance.

93.Section 9ZI(3) states that a temporary stop notice must: be in writing, specify the works that are to stop, explain why the notice has been issued, and state that contravention of the notice is an offence.

94.Section 9ZI(4) and (5) sets out the arrangements for bringing a temporary stop notice to public attention. It must be displayed on the monument, or nearby if display on the monument might cause damage, and specify the date on which it is first displayed. The temporary stop notice takes effect on that date. In addition, the Welsh Ministers may serve the temporary stop notice on any person who appears to the Welsh Ministers to be carrying out the works or causing them to be carried out, or on any person who has an interest in the monument or land. Section 56 of the 1979 Act (service of documents) applies to the service of the notice.

95.Section 9ZI(7) states that the temporary stop notice ceases to have effect after a period of 28 days, or any shorter period that is specified in the notice. Section 9ZI(8) allows the Welsh Ministers to withdraw the temporary stop notice before the end of the 28-day period (or any shorter period specified). Section 9ZI(9) prohibits the issue of a further temporary stop notice in relation to the same works unless the Welsh Ministers have taken some other enforcement action in relation to the contravention, such as the service of an enforcement notice or the obtaining of an injunction under section 9ZM.

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