HC Deb 07 June 1967 vol 747 c1046
16. Mr. Charles Morrison

asked the Minister of Transport if she is aware of the threat to the development of farms that takes place as a result of the publication of the route of a proposed road; and if she will arrange for appropriate compensation to be paid.

Mrs. Castle

There may be some cases in which farmers—and others—may feel inhibited from developing or improving their property in certain ways after publication of new road proposals—and of proposals for other kinds of public works. But it is hypothetical to suggest that actual losses result, for which compensation could reasonably be calculated.

Mr. Morrison

Is the right hon. Lady aware that the value of whole farms is affected by motorway proposals and that the compensation for loss of land for a motorway is inadequate? Is she further aware that the availability of farm support grants for capital improvement is affected by road proposals? What consultation has she had with the Minister of Agriculture about this?

Mrs. Castle

I am aware of the effects which modern developments—not only road improvements but others such as new town developments, power stations and airfields—can have on land and farms. But it has been established on more than one occasion that, to do what the hon. Gentleman asks, would mean a very big extension of the whole compensation principle in directions where the calculations must be purely hypothetical.