HC Deb 17 November 1959 vol 613 cc102-3W
44. Mr. Allason

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs the amount of compensation offered to Mr. A. Clarke, "The Hollies", Hemel Hempstead, for his property on compulsory purchase; and whether he will make a statement on the basis of compensation.

Mr. H. Brooke

Two parts of Mr. Clarke's 95 acre farm have been compulsorily acquired under notices to treat served in 1952 and 1953. Compensation was on the statutory basis in force at the time; namely, existing use value plus the amount of any claim under Part VI of the Town and Country Planning Act, 1947, for loss of development value.

For 23¼ acres he received £2,250 compensation on the basis of existing use value, plus £3,450 for loss of development value. For 46¾ acres he has been offered £5,000 on the basis of existing use value; on this land there was no claim for loss of development value, and I am advised that no amount for loss of development value would have been determined had a claim been made.

It was because the old basis of compensation proved unsatisfactory that Parliament swept it away in the 1959 Act. That Act was not retrospective, but Mr. Clarke will of course receive compensation in accordance with it should any further part of his land be purchased.