Land And Property Ownership

Land And Property Ownership

In order to issue the Notices the Council undertook the extensive task of attempting to identify the owner and interested parties for every property and land parcel over the area to be stabilised at Combe Down. This also included identifying properties where access might be required to carry out works on adjacent land. This was done through the use of Land Registry, Council Tax records and local knowledge.

The Combe Down Stone Mines Community Association set up a sub-group of the Association called the Legal Issues Working Group that worked closely with the Council's project team to write clear accompanying letters that were sent out with the Notices. Public Meetings were held ahead of the serving of the Notices so that the community had prior knowledge as to why the Notices were being served and what to expect. Each person on whom a Notice was served was invited to attend a jointly hosted workshop, held by the Council and the Legal Issues Working Group, at which people could bring their paper work for explanation and have their questions answered.

The use of the Mineral Workings Act gave the community reassurance that should the works cause damage, or if loss or disturbance were suffered because of the works, they were legally entitled to make a compensation claim under the Act. Over 1000 Notices were served, with only one objection raised, testament to the success of this advance explanatory work in the community.