Government Policy on Derelict and Abandoned Buildings

An Early Day Motion has been sponsored by Stephen Gilbert MP in the Commons proposing that powers be granted to local authorities to enable them to address the blight of derelict buildings in their communities.

The motion suggests that the devastating effect that derelict and abandoned buildings can have on a community, both commercially and on its landscape should be recognised. It notes that such sites can pose a serious health and safety risk, especially as an attraction to homeless and younger people, and also notes the effect of land banking as a barrier to regeneration and to sustainable development. The government is called on to bring forward legislative proposals to allow local planning authorities to tackle sites in their communities, including allowing an administration charge to be levied against property owners to cover costs of safeguarding and assessing the site and to introduce a land value tax on vacant sites. This would be similar to that already imposed in Denmark and discussed in the Barker Review 2003, and in line with the value of business rates which would be payable if a permitted development had already taken place.

Date: Tabled 21/7/14

Author:  Parliament

DCP link: This item updates DCP section 4.325

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