HC Deb 21 July 1999 vol 335 cc512-3W
Mr. Peter Atkinson

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list(a) the properties purchased alongside the Al road between Scotch Corner and Rainton in Yorkshire to allow for the upgrading of the road to motorway standards and (b) the total cost of the properties; what plans he has for these properties; and what is the future of the upgrading scheme. [90792]

Ms Glenda Jackson

[holding answer 14 July 1999]: The Highways Agency has bought and sold the following 26 properties and pieces of land:

Property/land Bought Sold
Land at Station Road 29 January 1993 20 May 1999
The Little Bistro 3 June 1994 23 March 1999
St. Annes Cross 25 January 1995 29 May 1998
Scurragh House 24 August 1995 27 March 1998
Gatherley Villa 14 November 1995 27 March 1998
South Lodge 15 June 1992 27 March 1998
Firholme Farm 18 November 1998 retained
Lodge Farm 11 October 1995 not yet sold (but offer accepted)
Leases Hall 24 August 1994 not yet sold (but offer accepted)
Leases Tip 23 August 1994 for sale
Bedale Hunt Inn 28 August 1992 for sale
Brookside 24 September 1992 retained in part (sale of remainder being negotiated)
Land South of Station Road 30 March 1999 retained
Land at Catterick South Junction 1 September 1989 retained

This is at a total cost of some £5 million in connection with earlier proposals for improvements along the Al between Dishforth and Scotch Corner.

The improvement schemes were withdrawn from the Trunk Road Programme in 1996. Other than properties directly affected by the extant Orders for the Leeming to Scotch Corner scheme, the Highways Agency is selling the land and properties which it was required to buy under blight provisions for the schemes.

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