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1Applications to decroft by owner-occupier croftersS

(1)The Crofters (Scotland) Act 1993 (c.44) (the “1993 Act”) is amended as follows.

(2)After section 24 insert—

24AApplications to decroft by owner-occupier crofters

(1)An owner-occupier crofter may apply to the Commission for a decrofting direction.

(2)In this section and in sections 24B to 24D, a “decrofting direction” is a direction that the owner-occupier's croft is to cease to be a croft.

24BCommission's powers in relation to applications under section 24A

(1)The Commission may, on an application under section 24A(1), give a decrofting direction or refuse to grant the application.

(2)But the Commission need not consider the application if—

(a)they have given the owner-occupier crofter a direction under section 26J(1) requiring the owner-occupier crofter to submit proposals for letting the owner-occupier's croft and the period within which such proposals must be submitted has not expired, or

(b)no such proposals having been submitted before the expiry of that period or, such proposals having been submitted, no such proposal having been approved, they are proceeding in accordance with subsections (7) and (8) of section 26J.

(3)And, where the application relates to an unregistered croft, the Commission—

(a)may not give a decrofting direction unless an application for first registration of the croft is submitted before the expiry of the period of 6 months beginning with the date on which the application for the direction is made,

(b)need not, during that 6 month period, consider the application for the direction until an application for first registration of the croft is submitted.

24CApplication of section 25 in relation to decrofting directions

(1)Section 25 applies in relation to an application under section 24A(1) by an owner-occupier crofter for a decrofting direction, and to such a direction, as it applies in relation to an application under section 24(3) by a landlord of a vacant croft, and to a direction under section 24(3), subject to the modifications mentioned in subsections (2) to (4).

(2)In subsection (1), for paragraph (b) substitute—

(b)in a case where—

(i)the application is made in respect of a part of a croft, which consists only of the site of the dwelling-house on or pertaining to the croft, and

(ii)they have not previously given a direction under section 24B(1) to the applicant in relation to such a site on or pertaining to that croft,

they are satisfied that the extent of garden ground included in that part is appropriate for the reasonable enjoyment of the dwelling-house as a residence;.

(3)In subsection (3), for the words from “land in respect” to the end substitute “ direction under section 24B(1) is revoked ”.

(4)The following provisions of, or words in, section 25 do not apply—

(a)subsection (1)(c),

(b)in subsection (2), the words “or (c)”,

(c)subsection (4),

(d)subsections (4ZA) to (4ZD),

(e)subsection (4A),

(f)in subsection (6)—

(i)the words “or subsection (4)”,

(ii)the words “or only of land the conveyance in feu of which was granted under section 17 or 18 of the 1955 Act”,

(g)in subsection (7), the words “or subsection (4)”,

(h)subsection (8)(a)(ii).

24DEffect of decrofting direction

(1)Where a decrofting direction is given in relation to a croft, this Act ceases to apply to the croft.

(2)But subsection (1) does not affect the subsequent exercise of any powers conferred by this Act or any other enactment for the enlargement of existing crofts.

(3)Where the croft to which the decrofting direction relates is a registered croft (other than a first registered croft)—

(a)the direction expires at the end of the period of 3 months beginning with the date on which the direction was given unless an application for registration of the giving of the direction is submitted by virtue of section 5 of the 2010 Act before the expiry of that period,

(b)the direction takes effect on the date of registration..

2Consequential modificationsS

The schedule (which contains modifications of the 1993 Act and of the Crofting Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 (asp 14) (the “2010 Act”) consequential on section 1) has effect.

3Retrospective effect and applicationS

(1)The provisions mentioned in subsection (2) are to be treated for all purposes as having had effect during the period from 1 October 2011 until the coming into force of this Act.

(2)Those provisions are—

(a)the provisions of the 1993 Act inserted by section 1 (other than section 24D(3)), as modified by subsection (3), and

(b)the modifications of that Act made by the schedule.

(3)The modifications referred to in subsection (2)(a) are that—

(a)in section 24B, subsection (3) is omitted,

(b)in section 24C(4)(d), “(4ZC) and” is substituted for “ (4ZA) to ”.

(4)Accordingly—

(a)an application of a kind mentioned in subsection (5) is to be treated as having been made under section 24A(1) of the 1993 Act (as inserted by section 1),

(b)a decision of a kind mentioned in subsection (6), and a direction of a kind mentioned in that subsection, is to be treated as having been made or, as the case may be, given under section 24B(1) of that Act (as so inserted).

(5)The application referred to in subsection (4)(a) is one purported to have been made—

(a)by an owner-occupier crofter under section 24(3) of the 1993 Act,

(b)during the period from 1 October 2011 until the coming into force of this Act.

(6)The decision referred to in subsection (4)(b), and the direction referred to in that paragraph, is one purported to have been made or, as the case may be, given—

(a)by the Commission under section 24(3) of the 1993 Act,

(b)on an application of a kind mentioned in subsection (5),

(c)before the coming into force of this Act.

(7)In this section, the “Commission” and “owner-occupier crofter” have the meanings given by the 1993 Act.

4Appeals against certain decisions etc.S

(1)In the case of a decision of a kind mentioned in subsection (2), section 52A of the 1993 Act applies with the modification that, in subsection (2)(b), for “the Commission dispose of the application” there is substituted “ the coming into force of the Crofting (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2013 ”.

(2)The decision referred to in subsection (1) is one purported to have been made—

(a)by the Commission under section 24(3) of the 1993 Act,

(b)on an application of a kind mentioned in section 3(5),

(c)during the period from 14 January 2013 until 25 February 2013.

(3)In the case of a direction of a kind mentioned in subsection (4), section 25(8) of the 1993 Act applies with the modification that, in paragraph (a), for “the giving of public notification of the making of the direction” there is substituted “ the coming into force of the Crofting (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2013 ”.

(4)The direction referred to in subsection (3) is one—

(a)purported to have been given—

(i)by the Commission under section 24(3) of the 1993 Act,

(ii)on an application of a kind mentioned in section 3(5),

(b)in respect of which the Commission gave public notification during the period from 14 January 2013 until 25 February 2013.

(5)In this section, the “Commission” has the meaning given by the 1993 Act.

5Transitory provisionS

From the coming into force of this Act until 30 November 2013, the following modifications apply to the provisions of the 1993 Act inserted by section 1—

(a)section 24B is to be read as if subsection (3) were omitted,

(b)in section 24C, subsection (4)(d) is to be read as if “(4ZC) and” were substituted for “ (4ZA) to ”,

(c)in section 24D, subsection (3) is to be read as if the words “(other than a first registered croft)” were omitted.

6CommencementS

This Act comes into force on the day of Royal Assent.

7Short titleS

The short title of this Act is the Crofting (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2013.

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