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Acquisition of land by general vesting declaration (PG54)

Advice about applications based on acquisition of land (practice guide 54).

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This guide deals with applications to HM Land Registry based on acquisition of land by means of a general vesting declaration under section 1 of the Compulsory Purchase (Vesting Declarations) Act 1981. It is aimed at conveyancers, public authorities and other relevant public bodies. You should interpret references to ‘you’ accordingly. HM Land Registry staff will also refer to it.

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Published 13 October 2003
Last updated 11 September 2017 + show all updates
  1. Section 1 has been amended to provide guidance on the action to be taken following the changes to the compulsory purchase regime by the Housing and Planning Act 2016.
  2. Section 1 has been amended to confirm that an authority’s powers of acquisition may be contained in legislation relating specifically to the development or project in question. Sections 3.1 and 4.2 have been amended to say that unless it is apparent from the documents lodged, HM Land Registry will require confirmation as to which statutory provisions are being relied upon for the acquisition of the land.
  3. The guide has been amended to take into account changes made by Part 7 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 and to refer to the Compulsory Purchase of Land (Vesting Declarations) (England) Regulations 2017 and the Compulsory Purchase of Land (Vesting Declarations) (Wales) Regulations 2017.
  4. Link to the advice we offer added.
  5. Section 4 has been expanded to give more information about how Land Registry will deal with applications to cancel register entries relating to third party interests such as easements and restrictive covenants. A new section 5 deals with highway land and stopping-up orders.
  6. Welsh translation added.
  7. First published.