Disposal of Land by Local Authorities (Scotland) Regulations: General Guidance

Disposal of land by Local Authorities - Non Statutory Guidance


1. As defined in section 235(1) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973: "Land includes land covered with water and any interest right or servitude in or over land."

2. The Crichel Down Rules apply to land which was acquired by, or under a threat of, compulsion by government departments. Any surplus property is to be initially offered to the former owner at open market value in advance of open marketing. The Government has commended these rules to councils [ See Circular 38/1992: Disposal Of Surplus Government Land - The Crichel Down Rules].

3. Special Value - an amount above the market value that reflects particular attributes of an asset that are only of value to a special purchaser

4. 1973 c.65; subsections 2(A) to (2H) were inserted by the Local Government in Scotland Act 2003 asp 1, section 11(1)(b)

5. 2003 asp 1

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