Saturday, 29 April 2017

Miliband’s land grab would fail, warns law firm

A law firm has warned that Labour’s proposals to take land off developers which don’t build will fail due to legal challenges.

Karen Cooksley, a partner at Winckworth Sherwood, said: ‘Forcibly taking land off house builders into the public sector will undoubtedly face legal challenges.’

She added that Ed Miliband should focus on making public bodies release land they hold for new homes as government has more direct control over them. ‘He could start by making sure central government departments are first in line,’ she said.

Ed Miliband re-itereated plans this week to allow councils to levy escalating charges on developers with planning permission for homes who don’t build. If the developers then still don’t build councils will be able to compulsory purchase the land.

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