Landlord and Tenant (Amendment) Act, 1971

Restrictions on right to sporting lease.

4.—(1) A sports club shall not be entitled to a sporting lease under this Act of the land or any part of the land in respect of which that lease is sought where the immediate lessor, any superior lessor, the landlord or other person who is a necessary party to the granting of the lease satisfies the Court—

(a) that he holds the land for a freehold estate or has an interest in reversion of not less than fifteen years, and

(b) (i) that he requires vacant possession of the land for the purpose of carrying out a scheme of development of property which includes the land and that he has obtained planning permission under Part IV of the Local Government (Planning and Development) Act, 1963 , for that scheme of development, and

(ii) that it is reasonable that a sporting lease should be refused.

(2) Subsection (1) is, in relation to a sporting lease, in substitution for section 15 (1) of the Act of 1958.

(3) Section 16 of the Act of 1958 (which provides for compensation for disturbance) shall apply to a case in which a sports club would, but for the provisions of subsection (1), be entitled to a sporting lease.