The London Development Agency has forwarded me a statement with regards to building contractor Rooff’s successful appeal of the previous ruling on land use at a key compulsorily purchased site within the Olympic zone.
I wrote about this decision yesterday here.
Clearly, the mayor’s regeneration agency is confident that the decision will not necessarily lead to a major revision on the final compensation settlement. It is over to the Secretary of State now.
Here is the LDA’s statement in full: “The Court of Appeal has ruled to quash the Planning Inspector’s July 2009 decision on land use at Rooff’s Carpenters Road site.
This was one of the sites that the London Development Agency compulsorily purchased as part of its acquisition of land needed for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Court of Appeal’s ruling has been made on technical grounds – questioning the ‘reasoning’ in the decision, not the validity of the decision itself.
The London Development Agency believes this ruling will not materially affect the outcome of the original decision: the land use classification for employment and industrial uses remains in place.
This classification has been upheld whenever it has been legally examined previously. The Court of Appeal has not criticised the key findings of the inspector. The Court confirmed that the inspector was “entitled to conclude” that any residential use as part of a wider scheme for the area would not be located on the Rooff site.
The Secretary of State will now determine how to proceed.
The London Development Agency has taken a consistent approach to compensation claims incurred by compulsory purchase: we aim to make market value payments which fairly compensate those affected.”