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6:00pm Tuesday 27th August 2013 in Letters
CAN someone please explain, for the benefit of readers, the consultation process which led Herefordshire Council to decide that this supermarket is needed and that, in the process, several buildings in Lawnside would have to be demolished; and moreover that sites which include an area designated as a war memorial might become the object of compulsory purchase orders?
My understanding is that a compulsory purchase order may be enforced against the wishes of the owner if a proposed development is considered to be one for public betterment.
In the case of a proposed development such as the one you have described in your issue dated August 16, this should be determined by an independent inspector and at properly-constituted hearing.
It is perhaps also worth noting that an owner, in registering an objection, can obtain the advice of a solicitor or surveyor and expect to be reimbursed.
I propose in due course to write to Bill Wiggin MP and to ask him to consider requesting a Westminster Hall debate.
This is one means whereby a Member of Parliament can raise an issue of importance to his or her constituents and to have it debated at length, with a government minister in attendance to respond.
I urge others to do the same.
JAMES F BARNES Ledbury
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