MP calls for improved compulsory purchase powers to deal with speculative development
Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, yesterday asked the Planning Minister whether the Government?s new Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill would allow local councils to use compulsory purchase powers to prevent speculative development on greenbelt land ? such as that at Kimpton near Harpenden and Ragged Lane near St Albans.
Peter Lilley said:
“I asked the Minister to clarify whether the compulsory purchase powers in the new Bill would enable councils to deal with the problem of speculative development. Companies like Property Spy are attempting to acquire prime greenbelt sites and sell them off for inflated prices ? claiming that they could be developed some time in the future. These plots are then left to degrade and become unsightly, in the hope that they will provoke calls for development.
“I would like to see the new Bill include measures to enable local councils to use compulsory purchase powers to prevent this form of activity, which is a blot on the landscape.?