Who Owns Scotland?
Land Reform Guidance
Training of Trainers
Methods of Compulsory Purchase of Land in Europe
Dr J A Carty, October 1977
Department of Public International Law, University of Glasgow
The Highlands and Islands Development Board (HIDB) commissioned research into
European legislation affecting control of land use and land ownership. The terms
of reference for this work were " ……. to report to the Board on the nature,
extent and operation of compulsory purchase powers by national and regional
agencies and the procedures which attach thereto, and the nature of other public
controls over land ownership transfer and use in certain Europe countries". The
countries studied were Norway, Sweden, Denmark, West Germany (Baden-Wurtenberg
and Bavaria), Switzerland, Italy, France, Spain and the Irish Republic.
The contents of the paper are listed below.
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|Compulsory Purchase of Rural Land in Western Europe - The Social Obligations
|Method of Study|
|A: Procedures and Practice Relevant to the Compulsory Purchase of Land in
|B: Compulsory Leasing of Underused Land in Western Europe|
|C: The Control of Land Transactions and the Right of Pre-emption|
|Qualifications attaching to persons acquiring land|
|Procedures used to bring the legal controls into operation|
|The legal characteristics of the right of pre-emption|