689. Acquisition of land for allotments on behalf of parishes and communities.

A parish or (in Wales) community council1 which proposes to acquire land2 compulsorily, whether by purchase3 or hiring4, must, instead of itself making or submitting a compulsory hiring order5 to the Secretary of State or the Welsh Ministers6, make a representation to the district or (in Wales) county or county borough council7, which may, on behalf of the parish or community council, exercise the statutory powers of compulsory acquisition8. The order will be carried into effect by the district, county or county borough council but the land acquired will be assured or demised to the parish or community council,