HC Deb 08 June 1995 vol 261 c296W
Mr. Fatchett

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list those sales involving surplus land and property in which his Department has inserted a clause in the sale contract allowing his Department to obtain a share of any future development gain; and if he will make a statement. [26326]

Sir Paul Beresford

[holding answer 6 June 1995]: My Department's policy on disposals is to obtain the best price possible. To achieve that our consultants are required to investigate all feasible uses and development potential and to obtain town planning consent where it is appropriate to do so. Clawback clauses are used only where, despite the best efforts of our consultants, it is not possible to establish a property's potential with any degree of certainty. Thus there are relatively few cases where clawback clauses have been imposed and these are as follows:

  • Mickle Trafford Buffer Depot, Lancashire;
  • Land Border Post, Rosslea, Northern Ireland;
  • Former Benefit Office, Drakewell, Cornwall;
  • Rhodes House, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich;
  • 72 South Market Road, Great Yarmouth;
  • Land at Northwood Hills, Pinner;
  • 56–60 Conduit Street, London, W1

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