London site should be key target for Miliband's 'use it or lose it' plans
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development
A site in Westminster that has planning permission but has been left vacant for many years should be a priority for Ed Miliband's 'use it or lose it' proposals, councillors have said.
'West End Green' on Edgware Road has been vacant for over 20 years despite having planning permission for new homes and a supermarket.
Should Labour win next year's general election, leader Miliband has promised to introduce new rules to strengthen the ability of councils to compulsorily purchase land with planning permission which has not been developed.
Councillor Barbara Grahame, Westminster Labour Group's planning spokesperson, said: "Labour's new 'use it or lose it' planning policy will get long-vacant sites like this developed for much needed homes for people wanting to buy and rent, as well as delivering more social housing. Westminster Council has failed for decades to get this site developed and the owners have been content to do nothing and watch the value of their land increase. This sort of neglect is not in the public interest and Labour's proposed new 'use it or lose it' policy will finally get vacant land with planning permission back in to use."
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