Court of Appeal rules on land use in relation to educational purposes

15th March 2019

An educating read! 

The Court of Appeal has ruled whether land originally conveyed to Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) in 1914 and 1928 (under the School Sites Act 1841) for (specified) educational purposes had continued to be used as such, when the conveyed land laid vacant, for over a year, until it was sold in 2007, despite the sale proceeds being used to improve the relocated school.

Patten LJ said: “The issue is whether the land continued to be used as the site for a school or for educational purposes: not whether it provided a means of reimbursing the County Council for its expenditure on the new school.”

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