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Sale of Green Belt Land Bill

Sale of Green Belt Land Bill






Make provision regarding the sale of green belt land; and for connected


Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and

consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present

Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—


Offence of selling, or marketing for sale, green belt land


It shall be an offence to sell, or market for sale, green belt land on the basis that

planning permission for new development has been, or can be reasonably

expected to be, granted if such permission has not been granted, or it was not

reasonable to expect planning permission to be granted at the time the land


was sold, or marketed for sale.


In subsection (1), a reasonable expectation that planning permission may be

granted must be based, either wholly or in part, on information in the local

development plan for the area in which the land is situated.


A person or company guilty of an offence under subsection (1) shall be liable,


on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statuary maximum.


In this Act—

“company” has the meaning given in section 735 of the Companies Act

1985 (c. 6);

“development” has the meaning given in section 55 of the Town and


Country Planning Act 1990 (c. 8);

“green belt land” shall be construed in accordance with section 87(1)(e) of

the Town and Country Planning Act 1990;

“local development plan” has the meaning given in section 62 of the

Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (c. 5); and


“planning permission” means permission granted under Part III of the

Town and Country Planning Act 1990.


Short title, commencement and extent


This Act may be cited as the Sale of Green Belt Land Act 2006.

Bill 71 54/1

Sale of Green Belt Land Bill




This Act comes into force at the end of the period of three months beginning

with the day of Royal Assent.


This Act extends to England and Wales only.


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