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Compulsory Purchase

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for the Vale of Clwyd of 15 December 2008, Official Report, column 360W, on compulsory purchase, (1) how many compulsory purchase orders have been submitted for land for traveller sites since 2006, according to the casework management database; and how many have been (a) upheld and (b) rejected; (251903)

(2) how many years' data are held on the casework management database on compulsory purchase orders; and whether it contains data in respect of the whole of England.

The casework management database contains basic information from 2004-05 about Housing and Planning CPOs for England submitted to Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for confirmation such as the number of cases dealt with, the number opposed or unopposed, the number confirmed or refused and the CPO power used. It holds similar data about CPOs made by regional development agencies and the former English Partnerships. However, the database is not able to identify whether a CPO had been made for the purposes of acquiring land for a travellers' site.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what categories of records (a) her Department, (b) the Planning Inspectorate and (c) Government regional offices hold on compulsory purchases of land since 2006. (251910)

For compulsory purchase orders submitted for confirmation to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government since 2006, the Department holds correspondence on some cases that were dealt with by the Government offices for the regions (GORs). The Planning Inspectorate holds basic information on CPOs for casework management purposes along with electronic copies of Inspectors' reports. The GORs have retained their casework files or electronic records.