Acquisition of Derelict Sites Act, 1940


1.—In this Act—

the expression “the Minister” means the Minister for Local Government and Public Health;

the expressions “sanitary authority” and “sanitary district” have respectively the same meanings as they have in the Public Health Acts, 1878 to 1931;

the word “prescribed” means prescribed by regulations made by the Minister under this Act;

the word “owner” means any person (other than a mortgagee not in possession) who is for the time being entitled to sell or otherwise dispose of the fee simple of the land in relation to which the said word is used or of any term of years for the time being subsisting in respect of such land of which the un-expired residue exceeds three years;

the expression “derelict site” means any land—

(a) which is unoccupied or is not being put to any bona fide use by the occupier thereof, and

(b) on which either all the buildings are ruinous or in disrepair or there have, for a period of at least two years, been no buildings, and

(c) which is or is likely to become injurious to health or to the amenities of the neighbourhood by reason of its objectionable or neglected condition or by reason of the deposit or collection thereon of débris, rubbish, or insanitary material, and

(d) which is not held or occupied by a local authority or any body corporate for the purposes of any railway, tramway, dock, canal, water, gas, electricity, or other public undertaking.