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Pow of Inchaffray Drainage Commission (Scotland) Act 2019

2019 asp 2

The Bill for this Act of the Scottish Parliament was passed by the Parliament on 13th December 2018 and received Royal Assent on 17th January 2019

An Act of the Scottish Parliament to incorporate and reconstitute the Pow of Inchaffray Drainage Commission; to make provision for its functions and for the appointment of Commissioners; to make provision for the calculation of the annual assessments payable by the owners of land benefited by the Pow; to make provision for meetings of the Commissioners and heritors; to make provision for the Commissioners to have access to the Pow over neighbouring land for necessary purposes and for the Commissioners' consent to be required for activities affecting the Pow and adjacent land etc.; and for connected purposes.

PART 1 SThe Commission

ConstitutionS

1The Pow of Inchaffray Drainage CommissionS

(1)The Commission established by the 1846 Act continues and becomes a body corporate called the Pow of Inchaffray Drainage Commission, referred to in this Act as “the Commission”.

(2)Schedule 1 makes further provision about the Commission.

(3)All property, rights, liabilities and obligations of the Commission prior to incorporation are transferred to and vested in the Commission.

(4)Incorporation of the Commission does not affect the rights or obligations of any person or make defective any legal proceedings that have been raised by or against the Commission prior to incorporation.

(5)Any reference to the Commissioners or the Commission in any agreement, deed or other instrument is to be read as a reference to the Commission as incorporated, unless the context otherwise requires.

2The CommissionersS

(1)Subject to subsection (3), the Commission is to consist of nine members each called a Commissioner.

(2)There are to be two Commissioners for each of the lower, middle, and upper sections of the benefited land and three Commissioners for the Balgowan section of the benefited land.

(3)A heritors' meeting may alter the number of Commissioners for a section of the benefited land by a resolution passed in compliance with section 9.

The Pow and the benefited landS

3Extent of the Pow and the benefited landS

(1)In this Act, “the Pow” means the Pow of Inchaffray shown on the land plans and the associated works.

(2)Subject to subsection (3), the “associated works” are—

(a)the ditches shown on the land plans,

(b)ditches within the benefited land which the Commission and the heritors on whose land they are situated have agreed in writing to include within the Pow,

(c)ditches within the benefited land included by a resolution passed in compliance with section 9,

(d)the banks, revetments, dams, culverts, sluices, and other structures associated with, or forming part of—

(i)the Pow of Inchaffray,

(ii)ditches included within the Pow.

(3)A heritors' meeting may exclude ditches from the Pow by a resolution passed in compliance with section 9.

(4)For the purposes of this Act, the benefited land is divided into four sections—

(a)the lower section,

(b)the middle section,

(c)the upper section,

(d)the Balgowan section.

(5)The boundaries between sections are shown on the land plans.

(6)A heritors' meeting may alter the boundaries between sections by a resolution passed in compliance with section 9.

Appointment etc. of CommissionersS

4Appointment of Commissioners etc.S

Schedule 2 makes provision about the appointment of, and holding of office by, the Commissioners.

5First appointments of CommissionersS

(1)The serving Commissioners are to continue in office until the day on which section 2 comes into force.

(2)Prior to the day on which section 2 comes into force, the Commission is to choose three serving Commissioners to continue as Commissioners, one for each of the lower, middle and upper sections of the benefited land.

(3)On the day on which section 2 comes into force—

(a)the appointments of serving Commissioners not chosen under subsection (2) cease to have effect, and

(b)six additional appointments of Commissioners made in accordance with schedule 2 have effect, three for the Balgowan section and one for each of the lower, middle and upper sections of the benefited land.

(4)The Commissioners chosen under subsection (2) are to continue to hold office for 24 months from the day on which section 2 comes into force.

6Commission meetingsS

Schedule 3 makes provision about meetings of the Commission.

Heritors' meetings etc.S

7Heritors' meetings convened by the CommissionS

(1)The Commission must convene a heritors' meeting—

(a)when necessary to appoint a Commissioner in accordance with this Act,

(b)before each general business meeting of the Commission,

(c)where requested to do so by three or more heritors, to consider a resolution to—

(i)alter the number of Commissioners in accordance with section 2(3),

(ii)include a ditch in accordance with section 3(2)(c),

(iii)exclude a ditch in accordance with section 3(3),

(iv)alter the boundaries between sections in accordance with section 3(6),

(v)terminate the appointment of a Commissioner in accordance with paragraph 13(4) of schedule 2.

(2)The Commission may convene a heritors' meeting for any other purpose at any time.

(3)The Commission is to convene a heritors' meeting by giving not less than 10 days' notice to each heritor.

(4)A notice convening a heritors' meeting must state the place, date, time and purpose of the meeting.

(5)A notice convening a heritors' meeting in accordance with subsection (1)(b) must include the agenda for the meeting of the Commission.

(6)The quorum of a heritors' meeting is three heritors.

(7)The Clerk may attend a heritors' meeting.

8Heritor's representativeS

(1)A heritor may from time to time appoint a person as the heritor's representative for the purposes of this Act (“a heritor's representative”), by giving notice of the appointment to the Clerk.

(2)The heritor may terminate the appointment at any time by giving notice to the Clerk.

(3)References in this Act to a heritor include the heritor's representative in place of the heritor except—

(a)in—

(i)section 10,

(ii)section 16,

(iii)the term “heritor's land”,

(b)where the context otherwise requires.

9Alterations by heritorsS

A resolution is passed in compliance with this section if the heritors who vote for it represent at least 75% of the sum of the chargeable values of all heritors' land.

PART 2 SAnnual Assessments etc.

10Annual budget and assessmentsS

(1)Schedule 4 has effect in regard to—

(a)the preparation and confirmation of the budget for each assessment year, and

(b)heritors' rights to make representations on, and to require an independent review of, the draft budget.

(2)As soon as practicable after there is a confirmed budget for an assessment year, the Commission must give an assessment notice to each heritor specifying the amount payable by the heritor for the assessment year.

(3)The amount payable by a heritor is the rate poundage for the assessment year multiplied by the chargeable value of the heritor's land.

(4)The rate poundage for an assessment year is the budget for the assessment year divided by the sum of the chargeable values of each heritor's land.

(5)The chargeable value of a heritor's land is calculated in accordance with schedule 5.

(6)An assessment notice must include—

(a)a copy of the confirmed budget,

(b)the rate poundage and how it is calculated, and

(c)an explanation of how the amount payable by the heritor is calculated.

(7)The heritor must pay the assessment to the Commission by the later of—

(a)the end of the period of 28 days beginning with receipt of the assessment notice, and

(b)the first day of the assessment year to which it applies.

(8)No later than two months after the date on which this section comes into force, the Commission must give each heritor a valuation notice specifying the chargeable value of the heritor's land and how it has been calculated.

11Revaluation of assumed values and base valueS

(1)The assumed values, and the base value, per acre used in schedule 5 to calculate the chargeable value of a heritor's land are to be revalued with effect from each tenth anniversary of the commencement of the first assessment year.

(2)The Commission is to appoint a surveyor to carry out the revaluation on the basis of the valuation assumptions specified in schedule 5.

(3)The surveyor must give notice to each heritor specifying the surveyor's revaluation proposals (“a revaluation proposal”).

(4)A heritor may make representations in writing to the surveyor on the revaluation proposal within the period of 28 days beginning on the day the revaluation proposal is notified to the heritor.

(5)The surveyor must have regard to heritors' representations under subsection (4) when carrying out the revaluation.

(6)Following expiry of the 28-day period, the surveyor is to notify the Commission of the revaluation of the assumed values, and the base value, per acre.

(7)Revaluations are to take effect from the commencement of the first assessment year following the carrying out of the revaluations.

12Amendments to land categories to meet changed circumstancesS

(1)The Commission may appoint a surveyor at any time to—

(a)amend a land category used in schedule 5 to meet changed circumstances,

(b)where appropriate, make consequential amendments to the assumed value per acre for that land category.

(2)Before making an amendment, the surveyor must give notice to each heritor specifying the proposed amendment (“an amendment proposal”).

(3)A heritor may make representations in writing to the surveyor on the amendment proposal within the period of 28 days beginning on the day the amendment proposal is notified to the heritor.

(4)The surveyor must have regard to heritors' representations under subsection (3) when making the amendment.

(5)Following expiry of the 28-day period, the surveyor is to notify the Commission of the amendments to the land category and any amendment to the assumed values per acre.

(6)Amendments are to take effect from the commencement of the first assessment year following the making of the amendments.

13Surveyor's professional requirementsS

A surveyor appointed under section 11 or 12 must be a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Scotland or any successor body.

14Commission may act as surveyor's agentS

The Commission may choose to act as the surveyor's agent for the purposes of communications between the surveyor and heritors under section 11 and section 12.

15Land plansS

(1)The Commission must make the land plans available for inspection, free of charge, by any person—

(a)at the Clerk's offices during ordinary office hours,

(b)by electronic means.

(2)As soon as practicable after there is a change—

(a)relating to ditches in accordance with section 3(2) or section 3(3), or

(b)in the boundaries between sections of the benefited land in accordance with section 3(6),

the Commission must amend the land plans to show the change.

16Register of HeritorsS

(1)The Commission must maintain a Register of Heritors containing, insofar as can be established by reasonable enquiry—

(a)the names and addresses of the heritors, and

(b)plans of the areas within the benefited land owned by each heritor.

(2)The following must be notified to the Commission as soon as practicable—

(a)a change in a heritor's name or address,

(b)a person ceasing to be a heritor.

(3)Until notice is given under subsection (2)(b), the person who ceased to be a heritor continues to be liable for the amount payable under an assessment notice relating to the benefited land formerly owned by the person.

(4)The Commission must make the Register of Heritors available for inspection, free of charge, by any person—

(a)at the Clerk's office during ordinary office hours,

(b)by electronic means.

(5)Where this Act requires the Commission to give notice to a heritor, the requirement is met if the Commission gives notice to the person named as such in the Register of Heritors.

PART 3 SMiscellaneous and General

17AccessS

(1)The Commission, its agents and its contractors may take access, where necessary with plant and vehicles, over the benefited land and the affected land for any purpose connected with the Commission's functions, rights or obligations under this Act.

(2)The Commission must—

(a)except in the case of an emergency, give not less than seven days' notice to each owner of land over which access is required,

(b)make good, or pay compensation for, any resulting damage to land or buildings.

(3)Access may be taken to a building only with the consent of the owner or occupier of the building.

18Notice of planning applicationsS

For the purposes of section 35(1) of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997, the Commission is to be treated as an owner of the benefited land and the affected land.

19Consent for activities affecting the Pow and adjacent land etc.S

(1)A person, other than a local authority, must not do any of the following without first obtaining consent from the Commission—

(a)any thing that will or may—

(i)obstruct the Pow,

(ii)limit or restrict access permitted under section 17(1),

(b)discharge any thing into, or abstract water from, the Pow.

(2)The procedure for seeking consent is in schedule 6.

(3)If a person contravenes subsection (1), the Commission may by notice require the person to—

(a)remedy the contravention within such period as the Commission may specify in the notice,

(b)reimburse the Commission for costs, if any, incurred by the Commission as a consequence of such contravention.

(4)Where a person fails to comply with a notice under subsection (3)(a), the Commission may—

(a)remedy the contravention, and

(b)by notice require the person to reimburse the Commission for the costs incurred by the Commission in doing so.

(5)Where a notice under subsection (3)(b) or subsection (4)(b) requires costs to be reimbursed to the Commission—

(a)the notice must include a breakdown and explanation of the costs,

(b)the person is to make payment to the Commission within 28 days of receipt of the notice.

(6)Except in the case of an emergency, a local authority must give not less than seven days' prior notice to the Commission before doing anything described in subsection (1)(a). In the case of an emergency, the local authority must notify the Commission as soon as reasonably practicable.

20Liability of persons exercising functionsS

(1)A Commissioner is not liable in any civil or criminal proceedings for anything done in the purported exercise of any function of the Commission if acting in good faith.

(2)Subsection (1) does not affect the liability of any other person in respect of the thing done.

21Court proceedingsS

An amount that is due and payable to the Commission under this Act may be sued for and recovered from the person liable to pay it as a debt due to the Commission, by proceedings in the sheriff court.

22Interest on sums dueS

An amount payable to the Commission under this Act that is not paid by the due date carries interest from the due date at—

(a)the judicial rate, or

(b)such lower rate as the Commission may determine from time to time.

23Certification of land plansS

Copies of the land plans certified a true copy by the Clerk shall be admissible in any proceedings as sufficient evidence of the contents of the land plans.

24Service of noticesS

Schedule 7 makes provision about giving notices.

PART 4 SFinal Provisions

25TransitionalS

(1)The Clerk appointed under the 1846 Act who was serving immediately before this Act receives Royal Assent is to continue as Clerk until replaced by the Commission.

(2)Where this Act requires the giving of notice to a heritor at a time before the Register of Heritors has been prepared in accordance with section 16, the Commission is to give the notice to the person who, after reasonable enquiry, it believes to be the heritor.

26Repeal of the 1846 ActS

The 1846 Act is repealed.

27InterpretationS

In this Act—

28CommencementS

(1)This Act, except for section 2, comes into force on the day after Royal Assent.

(2)Section 2 comes into force at the end of the period of three months beginning with the day of Royal Assent.

29Short titleS

The short title of this Act is the Pow of Inchaffray Drainage Commission (Scotland) Act 2019.

SCHEDULE 1STHE POW OF INCHAFFRAY DRAINAGE COMMISSION

(introduced by section 1(2))

FunctionsS

1(1)The functions of the Commission are to—S

(a)maintain, repair and renew the Pow,

(b)control fauna and flora within—

(i)the Pow,

(ii)the affected land,

(c)carry out improvements to the Pow and protective works,

in so far as the Commission considers necessary or desirable to maintain effective drainage of the benefited land.

(2)Where an improvement to the Pow involves widening, or lowering the bed of, a watercourse under a bridge, the Commission must carry out any works necessary to protect the bridge's foundations.

General powersS

2(1)The Commission may do anything which appears to the Commission—S

(a)to be necessary or expedient for the purpose of, or in connection with, the performance of its functions, or

(b)to be otherwise conducive to the performance of its functions.

(2)In particular, the Commission may—

(a)enter into contracts,

(b)borrow money.

Appointment etc. of ClerkS

3SThe Commission—

(a)must appoint a Clerk of the Commission on such terms as it thinks fit,

(b)may appoint a Commissioner as Clerk,

(c)may pay the Clerk's fees and expenses, and

(d)may replace the Clerk at any time.

CommitteesS

4(1)The Commission may, subject to such conditions and procedures as it determines, delegate any of its functions to a committee comprising Commissioners.S

(2)Where the Commission delegates functions to a committee, a reference in this Act to the “Commission” includes, except where the context otherwise requires, reference to the committee.

Advisers and other servicesS

5SThe Commission may obtain advice, assistance or any other service from any person who, in the opinion of the Commission, is qualified to give it.

6SThe Commission may pay to that person fees and expenses.

Proceedings etc.S

7SSubject to the provisions of this Act, the Commission may regulate its own procedure.

8SThe validity of any act of the Commission is not affected by—

(a)a defect in the appointment of a Commissioner,

(b)a vacancy in the office of Commissioner.

Finances, accounts and auditS

9SThe Commission must—

(a)ensure that the resources of the Commission are used economically, efficiently and effectively,

(b)keep proper accounts and accounting records, and

(c)prepare annual accounts for each assessment year and have them audited.

10SIf requested by a heritor, the Commission must provide the heritor with a copy of the audited accounts in printed or electronic form.

11SThe Commission may charge a reasonable fee for providing a copy of the audited accounts under paragraph 10.

Execution of documentsS

12SA document is validly executed by the Commission by signature on behalf of the Commission by—

(a)two Commissioners, or

(b)one Commissioner and the Clerk.

SCHEDULE 2SCOMMISSIONERS

(introduced by section 4)

AppointmentS

1SA person appointed as a Commissioner for a section of the benefited land must be either—

(a)a heritor who owns land within that section, or

(b)the heritor's representative of such heritor.

2SA heritor who owns land in more than one section of the benefited land, or the heritor's representative of that heritor, may only be a Commissioner for one section.

3SExcept where this Act provides otherwise, the appointment of a Commissioner is to be made at a heritors' meeting held—

(a)in the case of a vacancy other than a vacancy under paragraph 6, within three months of the vacancy occurring,

(b)in the case of a vacancy under paragraph 6 which is not filled by the Commission under paragraph 7, within 12 months of the vacancy arising, and

(c)in any other case not later than one month before the appointment is to take effect.

4SSubject to paragraphs 5 and 6, a Commissioner must be appointed by a majority vote of the heritors attending the meeting who own land within the section of the benefited land to which the appointment relates (“the relevant heritors”).

5SIf only one relevant heritor attends the meeting, the heritor may appoint a Commissioner without a vote.

6SWhere no Commissioner is appointed under paragraph 4 or 5, the position is to be treated as vacant.

7SThe Commission may fill a vacancy under paragraph 6 by appointing a Commissioner for a period of up to 12 months.

8SA vacancy occurring less than three months before the end of a Commissioner's term is to be left unfilled until the end of that term.

9SExcept where this Act provides otherwise, a Commissioner is appointed for a term of 10 years.

10SA person appointed to fill a vacancy to which paragraphs 3(a) or 3(b) apply holds office for the remainder of the term of appointment of the Commissioner in whose place the person has been appointed.

11SSubject to paragraph 12, a person who has served as a Commissioner may be reappointed on any number of occasions.

12SA person may not be reappointed as a Commissioner where the person's appointment as a Commissioner has been terminated under paragraph 13(2) unless the Commission is satisfied the grounds for the person's termination no longer apply.

Early termination of appointment as CommissionerS

13(1)A Commissioner may resign by giving notice to the Commission.S

(2)The Commission may, by giving notice to the Commissioner, terminate a Commissioner's appointment if—

(a)the Commissioner has been absent from two or more consecutive meetings of the Commission without the permission of the Commission,

(b)the Commission considers that the Commissioner is—

(i)unable to perform the functions of a Commissioner, or

(ii)unsuitable to continue as a Commissioner.

(3)For the purposes of sub-paragraph (2)(a)—

(a)a meeting of the Commission includes a meeting of a committee of the Commission of which the Commissioner is a member, and

(b)permission of the Commission includes permission of the committee where the committee meeting consists of three or more Commissioners.

(4)A Commissioner's appointment may be terminated with immediate effect by a majority vote of heritors attending a meeting convened under section 7(1)(c)(v) who own land within the section of the benefited land to which the appointment relates.

(5)The Commission must, by giving notice to the Commissioner, terminate a Commissioner's appointment if the Commissioner or, where the Commissioner is a heritor's representative, the heritor the Commissioner represents, has ceased to be a heritor.

SCHEDULE 3SMEETINGS OF THE COMMISSION

(introduced by section 6)

MeetingsS

1SThe Commission must hold at least two general business meetings in any calendar year, and may hold additional meetings as required.

2SA Commissioner may authorise another person to attend a meeting and vote on behalf of the Commissioner, having given prior notification to the Clerk.

3(1)The Clerk must give each Commissioner prior notice of each meeting stating the place, date, time and agenda.S

(2)In the case of a general business meeting, notice under sub-paragraph (1) must be given not less than 20 days before the meeting.

4SThe quorum of a meeting of the Commission is five Commissioners. For this purpose, “Commissioner” includes a person authorised under paragraph 2.

5SA decision of the Commission must be made by a resolution passed unanimously by, or by a majority of, the Commissioners attending the meeting. If votes on any resolution are equal, the Commissioner chairing the meeting is to decide whether or not the resolution is passed.

Conflicts of interestS

6(1)A Commissioner must avoid a situation in which the Commissioner has, or may have, a direct or indirect interest that conflicts, or may conflict, with the interests of the Commission.S

(2)Sub-paragraph (1) applies in particular to the exploitation of any property, information or opportunity (and it is immaterial whether the Commission could take advantage of the property, information or opportunity).

(3)The duty under sub-paragraph (1) is not infringed—

(a)if the situation cannot reasonably be regarded as likely to give rise to a conflict of interest, or

(b)if the matter giving rise to a situation under sub-paragraph (1) has been authorised by the Commission.

(4)Authorisation by the Commission is effective only if—

(a)any requirement as to the quorum at the meeting at which the matter is considered is met without counting the Commissioner in question, and

(b)the matter was agreed to without the Commissioner voting or would have been agreed to if the Commissioner's vote had not been counted.

7(1)A Commissioner must not accept a benefit from a third party conferred by reason of the Commissioner—S

(a)being a Commissioner, or

(b)doing (or not doing) anything as Commissioner.

(2)A “third party” means a person other than the Commission or a person acting on behalf of the Commission.

(3)Benefits received by a Commissioner from a person by whom the Commissioner's services (as a Commissioner or otherwise) are provided to the Commission are not regarded as conferred by a third party.

(4)The duty under sub-paragraph (1) is not infringed if the acceptance of the benefit cannot reasonably be regarded as likely to give rise to a conflict of interest.

8(1)If a Commissioner is in any way, directly or indirectly, interested in a proposed transaction or arrangement with the Commission, the Commissioner must declare the nature and extent of that interest to the other Commissioners.S

(2)The declaration may (but need not) be made—

(a)at a meeting of the Commission, or

(b)by notice to the Commission.

(3)If a declaration of interest under this paragraph proves to be, or becomes, inaccurate or incomplete, a further declaration must be made.

(4)Any declaration required by this paragraph must be made before the Commission enters into the transaction or arrangement.

(5)This paragraph does not require a declaration of an interest of which the Commissioner is not aware. For this purpose, a Commissioner is treated as being aware of matters of which the Commissioner ought reasonably to be aware.

(6)A Commissioner need not declare an interest under sub-paragraph (1) if it cannot reasonably be regarded as likely to give rise to a conflict of interest.

Records of resolutionsS

9SThe Clerk must prepare a record of the resolutions passed at each meeting of the Commission or at a committee of the Commission and must provide a copy of the record to a heritor if requested.

SCHEDULE 4SPREPARATION OF ANNUAL BUDGETS AND HERITORS' RIGHTS TO REQUIRE REVIEW ETC.

(introduced by section 10(1))

Preparation of draft budget and provisional assessment noticeS

1SBefore the beginning of each assessment year, the Commission must prepare a draft budget of the expenditure it expects to incur in carrying out its functions for, subject to paragraph 2, that assessment year.

2SThe budget—

(a)must allow for any anticipated surplus or shortfall from the previous assessment year, and

(b)may include provision for a reserve fund to cover extraordinary expenditure.

3SPromotion costs not recovered from heritors through assessments under the 1846 Act are to be included in the budgets for the first three assessment years.

4SPromotion costs” means costs, fees and expenses incurred by the Commission (whether before or after its incorporation by this Act), in connection with promotion of the Bill for this Act.

5SAs soon as practicable after the draft budget is prepared, the Commission must give a provisional assessment notice to each heritor, specifying the amount that would be payable by the heritor for the assessment year under section 10(2) if based on the draft budget.

6SThe provisional assessment notice must include—

(a)a copy of the draft budget,

(b)the rate poundage and how it is calculated,

(c)an explanation of how the amount that would be payable by the heritor is calculated, and

(d)a statement that the heritor may under paragraph 7 make written representations to the Commission on the draft budget and the time limit for doing so.

Right of heritors to make representations and to require a reviewS

7SA heritor may make written representations on the draft budget to the Commission no later than the period of 21 days beginning on the date of service of the provisional assessment notice.

8SIf written representations are made under paragraph 7, the Commission must consider the representations and decide—

(a)not to amend the draft budget, or

(b)to amend the draft budget.

9SThe Commission must notify all heritors of its decision under paragraph 8 and the reasons for its decision.

10SWhere the draft budget is amended, the notice must specify the amount that would be payable by the heritor for the assessment year under section 10(2) if based on the amended draft budget and must include—

(a)a copy of the amended draft budget,

(b)the rate poundage and how it is calculated, and

(c)an explanation of how the amount that would be payable by the heritor is calculated.

11SA notice under paragraph 9 must also include a statement explaining the budget review provisions set out in paragraphs 13 to 15.

12SWhere a heritor has made representations, the notice to the heritor under paragraph 9 must be accompanied by the Commission's response to the heritor's representations.

Independent reviewS

13SNo later than 14 days after the date on which heritors have been notified under paragraph 9—

(a)10 or more heritors, or

(b)one or more heritors (where the amount of the confirmed draft budget exceeds the budget review threshold),

may notify the Commission in writing that they require the draft budget to be independently reviewed.

14SThe budget review threshold is—

(a)for the first assessment year, £60,000,

(b)for each subsequent assessment year, the budget review threshold for the previous assessment year, adjusted by the percentage increase in the retail price index during the 12 month period ending on 31 December in the previous assessment year.

15SNo later than 14 days after service of a notice under paragraph 13, the Commission must refer the draft budget for determination by an expert to be appointed by—

(a)the Association of Drainage Authorities or any successor body,

(b)where an expert cannot be appointed under sub-paragraph (a), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Scotland or any successor body.

Confirmed budgetS

16SFor the purposes of section 10, the confirmed budget is—

(a)where no independent review has been carried out, the draft budget notified to heritors—

(i)under paragraph 5, or

(ii)if amended, under paragraph 9, or

(b)where an independent review has been carried out, the draft budget finalised by the Commission in accordance with the expert's determination and including the costs of the reference to the expert.

SCHEDULE 5SCALCULATION OF CHARGEABLE VALUES

(introduced by section 10(5))

1SSubject to paragraph 7, in the case of residential property, the chargeable value of a heritor's land is the enhanced acreage value of the land multiplied by the acreage of the heritor's land within the benefited land.

2SThe enhanced acreage value is the assumed value per acre for the relevant category of land less the base value per acre.

3SSubject to sections 11 and 12—

(a)the base value for a land category is £500 per acre,

(b)the assumed value for a land category per acre is as shown in the following table—

Land categoryAssumed value per acreValuation assumptions
Agricultural, Land Class 2£6,000Value disregards improvements to land not carried out under the Pow Acts.
Agricultural, Land Class 3.1£5,500Value disregards improvements to land not carried out under the Pow Acts.
Agricultural, Land Class 3.2£4,500Value disregards improvements to land not carried out under the Pow Acts.
Agricultural, Land Class 4£3,000Value disregards improvements to land not carried out under the Pow Acts.
Agricultural, Land Class 5£2,500Value disregards improvements to land not carried out under the Pow Acts.
Woodland£600Value disregards timber crop and improvements to land not carried under the Pow Acts.
Amenity land£500Value disregards improvements to land not carried out under the Pow Acts.
Commercial use£50,000Value disregards improvements to land not carried out under the Pow Acts.
Residential use£300,000Value assumes unserviced and unbuilt plot with planning consent for residential use.

4SIn the table in paragraph 3, “Land Classes” are as provided in the Macaulay Land Capability for Agriculture (LCA) classification or successor land classification system at the date of valuation.

5SWhere a heritor's land falls into more than one land category, a separate chargeable value calculation is made for each category. The chargeable value of that heritor's land is the total of the individually calculated values.

6SWhere a residential property is divided into two or more units, each unit is to be treated as a separate unit of heritor's land. The chargeable value for each such unit will be the chargeable value for the land on which the property is built, calculated under paragraph 1, divided by the number of units.

7SWhere the land category of a heritor's land, or a part of a heritor's land, changes during an assessment year, the new category will apply from the commencement of the next assessment year, irrespective of when the change occurs. If a change occurs as a result of building works, the change will be deemed to have occurred on the date of completion of the building works.

8SFor the purposes of section 11(2), the valuation assumptions specified in this schedule are—

(a)in the case of land categories, the valuation assumptions in the table at paragraph 3,

(b)in the case of the base value, the assumption that no works have been carried out under the Pow Acts.

9SIn this schedule, “the Pow Acts” mean this Act, the 1846 Act and the Act of the Parliament of Scotland of 1696 which it repealed, entitled ‘An Act in favours of the Heritors adjacent to the Pow of Inchaffray’.

SCHEDULE 6SCONSENTS: PROCEDURE

(introduced by section 19(2))

1SAn application for consent must be made in writing to the Commission and must be accompanied by details of the applicant's proposal. The Commission may charge a reasonable fee for considering the application.

2SThe applicant must supply such further information that the Commission reasonably requires.

3SThe Commission may either—

(a)grant the consent on such terms (if any) as it thinks fit, or

(b)refuse consent.

4SIf the Commission has not made a decision on the application within three months from the date on which an application is made, or (if later) the date on which the applicant supplied information requested under paragraph 2, the Commission is to be deemed to have granted consent.

SCHEDULE 7SSERVICE OF NOTICE

(introduced by section 24)

1SA notice to be given to a person for the purposes of this Act (whether the expression “serve”, “give”, “send” or any other expression is used) must be in writing and be sent to the person or the person's agent by—

(a)personal delivery,

(b)post sent to the person's proper address, or

(c)in a case where an address for service of a notice of the kind in question (or of notices generally) using electronic means has been given by the person on whom the notice is to be served, electronic transmission to that address.

2SFor the purposes of paragraph 1(b), the proper address of a person is—

(a)in the case of a body corporate, the address of the registered or principal office of the body,

(b)in the case of a partnership, the address of the principal office of the partnership,

(c)in any other case, the last known address of the person.

3SA notice is duly served on—

(a)a body corporate other than a limited liability partnership, if served on the secretary or clerk of that body,

(b)a limited liability partnership, if served on a member of the partnership,

(c)a partnership other than a limited liability partnership, if served on a member of the partnership or on a person having the control or management of the partnership business.

4SWhere a notice is to be served on a person as having an interest in, or as the occupier of, land and the person's name or address cannot be ascertained after reasonable inquiry, for the purposes of this Act the notice may be served by—

(a)addressing it to the person by name or by the description of “owner”, or as the case may be “occupier”, of the land (describing it), and

(b)leaving it either—

(i)in the hands of a person who is, or appears to be, resident or employed on the land, or

(ii)conspicuously affixed to some building or object on the land.

5SA notice is to be taken to have been served—

(a)if sent by post to an address in the United Kingdom, 48 hours after it is sent, and

(b)if sent by electronic transmission, on the day of transmission,

unless the contrary is shown.