Slow advance of policy to curb land dereliction

Two major proposals to reduce land dereliction were unveiled in a consultation paper issued by the Department of the Environment (DoE) on 7 February.1 But the Government appears to have dropped plans to impose financial penalties on landowners who keep land in a derelict state.

The consultation paper is the latest step in a painfully slow follow-up by the DoE to a report on its Derelict Land Grant (DLG) programme by the National Audit Office (NAO) in 1988.

The NAO urged the DoE to consider how to reduce public spending on derelict land reclamation by cutting off the flow of new dereliction at source. In September 1989, the DoE made its initial response by publishing an in-house review of the policy options (ENDS

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