HC Deb 26 July 1977 vol 936 cc157-8W
Mr. Lee

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what financial provisions exist for the compensation of persons owning properties adjacent to properties that are demolished under a local authority development scheme; how many cases have been brought to his attention of damage or loss to properties adjacent to demolition work of this kind; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Guy Barnett

Compensation may be payable in the limited circumstances provided by Section 10 of the Compulsory Purchase Act 1965, but loss of amenity brought about by demolition would not support a successful claim in the absence of interference with a legal right. Physical damage unlawfully caused during demolition would be actionable. Few cases of this sort are brought to our attention. Of those which have been, responsibility for weatherproofing where adjoining properties are demolished has been the main issue raised.

This is a complex area of law and if my hon. Friend has a particular case in mind he may care to write.