DoE 06/93 and WO 19/93 (16 April 1993)
This circular and memorandum is intended to help local authorities where, exceptionally, they propose to dispose of land for less than the best consideration that can reasonably be obtained and apply to the Secretary of State to do so. The term 'best consideration that can reasonably be obtained' is defined and the statutory basis of the procedures is set out.
In discussing the circumstances in which consent is needed, the document makes it clear that it is for the local authority to decide whether a proposed disposal requires consent. Only auditors can take action over a failure to obtain consent where required.
The memorandum explains the principle of adding to the purchase price the value to the council of any terms and conditions being imposed, in order to establish the full price before assessing whether it is the best obtainable.
Some of the advice in this Circular has been cancelled by The Local Government Act 1972 General Disposal Consents 1998, issued by means of an unnumbered DETR circular letter of 11 December 1998. This is available from ODPM/PCID(b) Division.
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