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Community Land Scheme

Volume 931: debated on Thursday 12 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will make a statement on the operation of the Community Land Scheme by local authorities in England in 1976–77.

I am grateful for this opportunity to make known the way in which the scheme has been implemented in England. Despite the background of a difficult economic climate the land scheme made a good start. Provisional figures indicate that, in the financial year 1976–77, 1,571 acres of land were acquired, of which 832 acres were for housing, 730 for industry and nine for commerce. This is about one-third more than the acreage figure incorporated in

COMMUNITY LAND SCHEME: END OF YEAR POSITION 1976–77
Preliminary Assessment (England)
Land Acquired
HousingIndustryCommerceTotal
Region£m.Acres£m.Acres£m.Acres£m.Acres
West Midlands2·02830·8870·0572·85377
East Midlands0·51090·6761·1185
Yorkshire and Humberside0·71151·12231·8338
Northern0·71210·61921·3313
NorthWest0·2890·4430·6132
Eastern0·2120·1170·310·630
SouthWest0·4320·4400·0810·973
South East1·1660·5420·011·6108
London0·455·40·99·61·3515
Total6·25832·45·4729·60·44912·11,571

Notes:

The expenditure figures:

(1) are at actual prices.

(2) are net of DLT.

(3) exclude staff and administration.

(4) include an estimated £0·1m. of interest and infrastructure expenditure. Department of the Environment, May 1977.