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Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003

Section 39: Procedure for late applications

155.This section applies in relation to applications which are made after the owner of land to which the application relates has taken an action to transfer the land but before missives are concluded, or an option to acquire is granted, in pursuance of that action (“late applications”).

156.Sections 37 and 38 apply in relation to late applications but subsection (2) requires the owner of land to which a late application relates to notify Ministers of that fact and thereby shorten the period for Ministers to make their decision.

157.Subsection (3) sets out matters on which Ministers must be satisfied, in addition to the matters set out in section 38, before approving a late registration.

158.Subsection (4) provides that, where Ministers decide on a late application that a community interest is to be registered, the community body’s right to buy the land under this Part is to be treated as having been activated under section 47 and the community body is to be treated as having confirmed its intention to proceed to buy the land.

159.Subsection (5) provides that Ministers must decline the application if it is received after the date of conclusion of missives or after an option to acquire the land has been conferred but before the transfer in pursuance of those missives or that option.

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