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Land

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether public requests to order disposal can be applied to land owned by (a) Government Departments and their agencies, (b) the Crown Estate, (c) regional development agencies, (d) English Partnerships and (e) the British Rail Residual Body. (183249)

Part 10 of the Local Government Planning and Land Act 1980 makes provision for the disposal of public land, including the specific public request to order disposal (PROD) power. Schedule 16 of the Act lists the specific bodies to whom part 10 of the Act applies.

The five bodies listed in the question are not listed in schedule 16 of the Act and therefore public requests to order disposal cannot be applied to any land owned by these bodies, apart from one small exception. English Partnerships is a single operational entity which brings together the Urban Regeneration Agency and the Commission for the New Towns. However, these two bodies continue to exist legally. The Commission for the New Towns is listed in schedule 16 of the Act as a body to which part 10 applies. If it could be proved that the land in question was owned by The Commission for the New Towns, the public request to order disposal could be applied to that land.