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Pickles set for powers to release more public land

Fri 19th October 2012, 2:37 pm

Ministers will get the power to allow entire classes of land to be sold by councils for less than market value under proposals outlined in a new Bill.

Eric Pickles: new powers in Growth and Infrastructure Bill

The Growth and Infrastructure Bill was unveiled on 18 October by the Department for Communities and Local Government in an attempt to boost economic growth.

One of the clauses in the proposed legislation would allow communities secretary Eric Pickles to grant consent for entire classes of land to be disposed of for less than the best consideration.

A briefing note accompanying the publication of the Bill said: "Measures will make it easier for local authorities to choose, if they wish, to dispose of surplus land held for planning purposes, helping get more brownfield land back into productive use."

Currently, the secretary of state must give consent for every single site which councils propose should be sold for less than market value.

The new rules would also allow the secretary of state to designate a class of authorities or local authorities generally, either unconditionally or subject to conditions.

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