Land: Sales

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 7th March 2012.

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Photo of Ian Austin Ian Austin Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of legislation governing the sale of land by (a) individuals, (b) private companies and (c) statutory or public authorities and the role of local authorities to (i) block and (ii) take pre-emptive action against decisions which are not in the local interest.

Photo of Andrew Stunell Andrew Stunell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Communities and Local Government

The Localism Act 2011 increases the powers of local authorities to tackle unauthorised development and the abuse of retrospective planning permission.

The Act also introduces new community rights which will give local residents greater opportunities to influence development in their areas, bid to buy local assets that are important to them and bid to run local services differently and better.

In relation to guidance to local authorities on the sale of properties, I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 2 February 2012, Hansard, column 731W.

As the impact assessment made clear, a review of the Localism Act's provision will be conducted in the normal way.

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