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Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015

Assessment of value of land etc.

270.The new section 97S of the 2003 Act sets out the procedure for valuation of the land in respect of which a Part 3A community body is exercising its right to buy.

271.Subsection (1) requires that Ministers, where they have consented to a Part 3A community right to buy application, must appoint a valuer to assess the value of that land within 7 days of that consent.

272.Subsection (2) provides that the validity of anything done under the new section 97S will not be affected by Ministers’ failure to comply with the time limit specified in subsection (1).

273.Subsection (3) sets out the role of the valuer.

274.Subsection (4) specifies that the value to be ascertained is the market value at the date Ministers consented to the application to exercise the right to buy.

275.Subsection (5) defines market value as the sum of the open market value if the sale were between a willing seller and willing buyer, compensation for any depreciation in the value of other land and interests belonging to the seller as a result of the forced sale, and compensation for any disturbance to the seller resulting from the forced sale.

276.Subsection (6) specifies that in arriving at the open market value for the purposes of subsection (5)(a), account may be taken of the known existence of a potential purchaser with a special interest in the property (other than the Part 3A community body). It also specifies that no account shall be taken of the fact that no time was allowed for marketing the property or of the depreciation of other land or disturbance (since compensation for these latter two items will be added to the open market value by virtue of subsection (5)(b) and (c)).

277.Subsection (7) states that Ministers shall pay for the valuation under this section.

278.Subsections (8), (9) and (10) require the valuer to ask both the owner and the Part 3A community body for their views in writing on the value of the land, and invite written counter-representations from each party on the other’s views, and to take these representations and counter-representations into account in arriving at the valuation.

279.Subsection (11) specifies that where the Part 3A community body and the owner have agreed the valuation, they must notify the valuer in writing of that valuation.

280.Subsections (12) and (13) require the appointed valuer to notify Ministers, the landowner and the Part 3A community body of the valuation. This must be done within 8 weeks of being appointed or within a longer period set by Ministers, as requested by the valuer.

281.Subsection (14) sets out that the validity of the transfer is not affected by a failure by the valuer to comply with the time limit.

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