This Act makes provision with respect to development of land in Montserrat and for these purposes establishes the Montserrat Land Development Authority. The Authority shall be a body corporate and shall encourage and secure the efficient and economic utilization of land vested in it or acquired by it in the interest of the people of Montserrat. The Authority shall develop land for agricultural settlement schemes in any area designated by the Governor in Council under section 18 of this Act. Land that cannot be acquired by agreement may be acquired, at request of the Authority, by the Governor in Council compulsorily under the provisions of the Land Acquisition Act. Land settlement schemes shall be prepared by the Department of Agriculture in accordance with this Act and after consideration by the Authority be submitted to the Governor acting on the advice of Cabinet for approval. Where the Authority disposes by lease of any farm holding in a designated area, or any interest therein to any person, the conditions as set out in this Act shall apply.
Amended by: Montserrat Land Development Authority (Amendment) Act (No. 5 of 2011). (2011-07-08)
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English and Irish colonists from St. Kitts first settled on Montserrat in 1632; the first African slaves arrived three decades later. The British and French fought for possession of the island for most of the 18th century, but it finally was confirmed as a British possession in 1783. The island's sugar plantation economy was converted to small farm landholdings in the mid-19th century. Much of this island was devastated and two-thirds of the population fled abroad because of the eruption of the Soufriere Hills Volcano that began on 18 July 1995.
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