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NPACA1949 S114 PDF Print E-mail

the National Parks & Access to the Countryside Act 1949  (c.97)

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114.   Interpretation

(1) In this Act the following expressions have the meanings hereby assigned to them respectively, that is to say -
  “Act of 1947” means the Town and Country Planning Act 1947;
  “area of outstanding natural beauty” means an area designated under section 82 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000;
  “the Agency” means the Agency established by section one of this Act;
  “the Council” means the Countryside Council for Wales;
  “drainage authority” means the Environment Agency or an internal drainage board;
  “interest”, in relation to land, includes any estate in land and any right over land, whether the right is exercisable by virtue of the ownership of an interest in land or by virtue of a licence or agreement, and in particular includes sporting rights;
  “land” includes land covered by water and as respects Scotland includes salmon fishings;
  “the Minister” as respects England and Wales means the Minister of Town and Country Planning, and as respects Scotland means the Secretary of State;
  “National Park” has the meaning assigned to it by subsection (3) of section five of this Act;
  “open-air recreation” does not include organized games;
  “owner”, in relation to any land, means, except in Part III of this Act or in relation to Scotland, a person, other than a mortgagee not in possession, who, whether in his own right or as trustee or agent for any other person, is entitled to receive the rack rent of the land or, where the land is not let at a rack rent, would be so entitled if it were so let, and, in Part III of this Act, as respects England and Wales means any person being either entitled to the fee simple or being a mortgagee in possession of the land [ . . . ];
  “vehicle” does not include a vessel, except any vessel adapted for use on land while it is being so used;
  “waterway” means any lake, river, canal or other waters, being (in any case) waters suitable, or which can reasonably be rendered suitable, for sailing, boating, bathing or fishing;
and, except where the context otherwise requires, other expressions have the same meanings respectively as in the Act of 1947 or, in their application to Scotland, as in the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1947.

(2) References in this Act to the preservation, or the conservation of the natural beauty of an area shall be construed as including references to the preservation or, as the case may be, the conservation of its flora, fauna and geological and physiographical features.

(3) References in this Act to the planting of trees shall be construed as including references to the planting of bushes, the planting or sowing of flowers and the sowing of grass and the laying of turf.

(4) References in this Act to any enactment shall be construed as references to that enactment as amended by or under any subsequent enactment including this Act.




this section amended by ;
Water Resources Act 1963 sched.14
Countryside Act 1968 s.21
Environmental Protection Act 1990 sched.8
Water Consolidation (Consequential Provisions) Act 1991 sched.1
Environment Act 1995 sched.10
Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 sched.15
Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc (Scotland) Act 2000 sched.12
Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 sched.11



Updated 22/7/2006 [RK]

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