§ Mr. Wheeler
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what proposals he has to prevent blight affecting owners in blocks where 10 per cent. rule permissions have been granted but not taken up.
§ Sir George Young
The planning blight provisions of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971 are designed to help owner-occupiers who find it difficult to sell their property because it is liable to be compulsorily purchased at some point in the future by a public body. If the owner of a block of flats secures planning permission to extend it and then refrains from doing so, any effect on the marketability of the existing flats is a private matter between the landlord and the lessees.