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Consultation on local authority land transfer

The Department has launched a consultation with local authorities on regulations so that local authority land can be transferred more quickly when a maintained school becomes an academy. The consultation will run for ten weeks from the 9th November 2011 until 18 January 2012.

A copy of a letter from Lord Hill to local authorities, with some questions and answers can be downloaded from this page.

The full consultation is available in the consultations section of our website.


When a maintained school become an academy their land is transferred, under lease, to the new academy’s trust. These new regulations enable the Secretary of State to get the required information for that transfer from local authorities. They do not give him any new powers to force local authorities to transfer land, or remove any rights from local authorities.

Contact details

Public Communication Unit
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Telephone: 0370 000 2288

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Telephone: 020 7783 8300

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