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Government Departments: Land

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what requirements there are on Government departments to include a development uplift clause when they sell land which might be developed to provide for part of any gain in value from a grant of planning permission to be paid to the Government; whether moneys paid under such provisions are retained by the selling department; and whether there is a standard percentage of uplift in value which is included. (203653)

OGC supports departments engaged in the disposal of surplus land and property by providing detailed guidance, which helps departments to identify when and how to include uplift provisions in contracts for sale.

Treasury and OGC require departments to identify future disposals and plan to use the receipts, however, Treasury approval would be required if prior to disposal a department had not obtained Estimates cover for spending receipts.

Neither HM Treasury nor OGC recommend a standard percentage uplift figure.