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Harbours Act (Northern Ireland) 1970

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26Compulsory acquisition of land by harbour authorities.N.I.

(1)Where a harbour authority desires to acquire, otherwise than by agreement, any land for the purposes of its functions, it may apply to the Ministry for an order vesting in it the fee simple or any lesser estate in that land, and—

(a)the Ministry may make the vesting order in respect of the whole of the land or any part of it;

(b)on an application for an order vesting the fee simple in the land, the Ministry may make an order vesting in the harbour authority such lesser estate in the land or in any portion thereof as may be specified in the order.

(2)Section 22(2) of, and Schedule 2 to, the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1934 [1934 c.22] shall, subject to the modifications specified in Schedule 4, have effect for the purposes of an order under subsection (1).

(3)For the purposes of this section and of the application, by subsection (2), of the enactments mentioned in that subsection, the interest of a grantee under a fee farm grant shall be taken to be a lesser estate than a fee simple.

(4)The Ministry shall not make a vesting order under subsection (1) in respect of any land owned or occupied by or on behalf of the [F1 Northern Ireland Housing Executive], a local authority, a public utility undertaking or,F2. . . the Post Office.

(5)In this section—

  • “local authority” means the council of a county, county or other borough or of an urban or rural district;

  • “public utility undertaking” includes any body corporate carrying on aF3. . . F4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . public transport undertaking and any undertaking for providing or improving drainage.

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