§ Sir Geoffrey Finsberg
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether the Government will now introduce legislation to relieve local planning authorities of their liability to pay compensation for the refusal of 485W planning permission for the addition of new flats to a block of flats built before July 1948: and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Macfarlane
We have today introduced the Town and Country Planning (Compensation) Bill to modify rights to compensation under sections 165 and 169 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971 and the equivalent Scottish provisions. The amendment to section 169 will secure that compensation will no longer be payable for the refusal or conditional grant of permission on applications made on or after today's date which relate to the addition of new flats to a block which was in existence on July 1948. The amendment to section 165 will limit the right to compensation for the refusal or conditional grant of planning permission for development following withdrawal of permission by the amendment or revocation of a development order. In such cases compensation will be payable only where an application is made within 12 months of the withdrawal or, where the withdrawal has already taken place, within 12 months of the Bill receiving Royal Assent.