The DfE has launched a consultation on regulations enabling local authority land to be transferred more quickly when a maintained school becomes an academy.
The consultation will run for 10 weeks from today until 18 January 2012.
A copy of a letter from Lord Hill to local authorities, with some questions and answers can be downloaded from this page.
The full consultation is available in the consultations section of our website.
When a maintained school become an academy their land is transferred, under lease, to the new academy’s trust. These new regulations enable the Secretary of State to get the required information for that transfer from local authorities. They do not give him any new powers to force local authorities to transfer land, or remove any rights from local authorities.