HC Deb 08 March 1955 vol 538 cc141-2
39. Mr. Thornton-Kemsley

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government the reason for the delay in obtaining certificates showing the unexpended balance of established development value in terms of Section 48 of the Town and Country Planning Act, 1954.

Mr. Deedes

The Central Land Board states that up to 25th February there have been 102 applications for certificates under Section 48 (1) in England and Wales. In 50 cases the certificates have been issued and in 41 cases new apportionments of development value are needed before the certificates can be issued. Section 48 requires the issue of notices of the apportionment to all affected interests and provides a minimum period of two months for objection to the Board and appeal to the Lands Tribunal. There would not appear, therefore, to have been any avoidable delay.

Mr. Thornton-Kemsley

If I supply my hon. Friend with the particulars, will he look into the case, a perfectly straightforward case, of an application to the district valuer five weeks ago, to which there has been no answer, and in which the prospective purchasers who required the land for urgent purposes have now lost interest in it?

Mr. Deedes

Yes. My hon. Friend will be aware that the Central Land Board has been under very heavy pressure during the last two months because of this Part of the Act. However, I shall be happy to look into any case of which my hon. Friend will let me have particulars.