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Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015

Resumption of land by local authority

432.If allotment land is required by the local authority for building, mining or other industrial purpose (or for the construction, maintenance or repair of roads or sewers necessary in connection with these purposes), the local authority can, in certain circumstances, resume the whole or part of an allotment or allotment site, under section 127. This power can only be exercised with the consent of the Scottish Ministers and where the tenant has been given notice in accordance with subsection (3). The Scottish Ministers may grant consent subject to such conditions as they think fit (subsection (4)) and may only grant consent if they are satisfied that each of the allotment tenants from the site or part of the site affected has been offered an alternative allotment of the same or similar size within a reasonable distance, or that the provision of an alternative allotment is not necessary or reasonably practical in the circumstances (subsection (5)).

433.Subsection (3) provides that written notice of the resumption must be given to allotment tenants and this notice must specify the date on which the resumption is to take place. The minimum notice period is 3 months and the notice must therefore be served in accordance with this prescribed time limit.

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