HC Deb 30 November 1948 vol 458 cc1809-10
44. Mr. Hurd

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will now state the arrangements for offsetting development charges under the Town and Country Planning Act in cases where a factory extension is to be built on land already held for the purpose.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer (Sir Stafford Cripps)

This matter has been carefully considered, but I have reached the conclusion that it is not possible to extend to land developed for additional factories the special arrangements made for land developed for a house for the owner's occupation. The treatment to be given to claimants of this kind will be a matter for consideration in framing the Treasury scheme under Section 58 of this Act.

Mr. Hurd

In the meantime, are the Central Land Board to continue to make wild guesses at the amount that may be charged?

Sir S. Cripps

In the meantime, they will continue to carry out their job under the Act.

Mr. Janner

Is the Chancellor aware that this is holding up some very important extensions connected with the export drive, and could he possibly take into consideration special cases to enable people to proceed with their work?

Sir S. Cripps

It is quite impossible to make any regulations of this kind for special cases.

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