Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Following a meeting with Ministers, Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, welcomed the government‘s decision to meet officers from local authorities affected by speculative land sales to explore what can be done under existing legislation to halt this problem – and whether further legislation will be needed.

    Peter Lilley said: “Following a meeting I and colleagues had with the Planning Minister to stress the problems caused by speculative land sales, I am delighted the government is now willing to meet local planning authorities to explore ways of stopping this. I am contacting St Albans and North Herts District Councils to urge them to take up this invitation. There is also to be an on-going review of Permitted Development Rights and, in addition, a review of enforcement powers.

    “The village of Kimpton has been particularly badly affected by this problem, and there have been problems in Potters Crouch as well.

    “The Minister has also undertaken to ask the DTI whether the sale of these plots is being carried out in accordance with fair trading practices. It would be helpful therefore if anyone who has any evidence of misleading or potentially fraudulent activity on behalf of selling agents could get in touch with me at the House of Commons so that I can provide the Minister with this information.”