§ 31. Mr. Wade
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs what action he will take to ensure that owners of property which may be acquired for future road development are enabled to sell or obtain compensation when the proposed development is deferred for a long period of years, thus freezing the property likely to be affected.
§ Mr. Corfield
Once the future road development is a firm enough proposal to fall within the scope of Part IV of the Town and Country Planning Act, 1959, owner-occupiers are able, subject to certain conditions, to require the highway authority to buy their property at full market value. Local authorities have been asked to exercise a reasonable discretion in other cases and to buy in advance of requirements where there is genuine hardship.