HC Deb 28 April 1986 vol 96 cc322-3W
Mr. Steen

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many orders relating to derelict land have been made by his Department in each of the last five years; how many acres were affected in each year; and if he will list the total number of acres on the registers of derelict land in each of the last three years and the current number of acres on the register.

Sir George Young

The register referred to contains records of unused and under-used land owned by public bodies and is compiled under powers set out in part X of the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980. My right hon. Friend has no powers to make orders relating to derelict land. Information about land on the land registers is as follows:

1983 1984 1985 1986*
Notices issued under Section 99 of the 1980 Act †Nil 9 50 48
Area of land affected (acres) Nil 47 338 182
Area of land on register as at 31 December (acres) 101,000 104,000 106,000


* Up to 25 April 1986.

† Notices were not issued prior to 1984.

There is a continuous flow of land onto and off the register.

There was 107,000 acres on the register on 31 March 1986.

Mr. Hickmet

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement about the application by Glanford and Scunthorpe borough councils for a derelict land grant to reclaim the old Normanby Park steelworks site.

Sir George Young

I shall answer this question shortly.