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Land Commission

Volume 974: debated on Wednesday 21 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what was the amount of land previously owned by the Land Commission, and held by his Department since 1971, which was (a) sold in 1978–79 and (b) held at the end of that financial year; and what were the receipts from the sales;(2) whether (

a) the 220 acres of land at Hornchurch Airfield, ( b) the 0·2 acres at South End Road, Hornchurch, ( c) the 8·1 acres at Collinshill, Lichfield and ( d) the 7·6 acres at Asket Hill, Leeds, all of which were purchased by the former Land Commission prior to 1970, or by the Department subsequent to the Commission's abolition, and which were still in the Department's ownership in December 1978, have since been resold; if so, what were the receipts in each case; and, if not, what are his intentions regarding each site.

The sites listed comprise all the land previously owned by the Land Commission and held by the Department at the beginning of 1978–79. None has been sold to date but:

  • (a) Hornchurch airfield a reply to a formal offer to sell is now awaited;
  • (b) South End Road, Hornchurch: the highest tendered bid has been accepted and completion of sale is proceeding;
  • (c) Collinshill, Lichfield: an offer has been accepted subject to contract.
  • (d) Asket Hill, Leeds: the future of this site is under consideration in the light of planning conditions.