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Council ordered me to sell them my land..18 years on they have still built nothing; Landowner John's fury.

Byline: Will Lyon reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk

A GRANDAD was forced to give up land to a council for development - which has not taken place after EIGHTEEN YEARS.

John Gordon, of Burghead, Moray, was told in 1994 his 383 square yards of land in the coastal town was needed for an access road to a caravan park.

or PS6000 under order.

He was forced to sell it to the now defunct Moray District Council for PSa compulsory purchase But now former construction manager John, 65, who planned to build homes the land, fears council chiefs will make a profit out of his loss.

ruction had on cil it NO n The site He said: "It's a prime residential site and feels like I've been trodden on in a Big Brother style.

"I wanted to pass whatever development I and the remaining land grandchildren as something them to inherit, but instead it was snatched away. e it en e. ass built d to my ething for "I think the council took the land off me under false pretences. Surely there should have been confirmed plans in place before pushing forward with a CPO."

John had bought the land for PS2000 from Moray District Council a few years before he was forced to sell it back to them.

Now he reckons the successor authority, Moray Council, are set to make at least 13 times more than they paid him.

The grandfather of two said: "They bought the land for peanuts and I had no choice it. From what I can see at other developments in area, the council will make minimum of PS80,000."

MOVES o p but to accept looking a the are a mi J sa bnth u " John added: "The council said they wanted the land back to build a road to the nearby caravan park as the existing road was unsuitable for caravans.

"Nearly 20 years on, that unsuitable road still exists. If they don't put a road there and then sell the land to a developer, that would be sharp stinks."

un If th and t develop practice. It s." A spokesman for Moray Council said: "It is proposed under the local plan that this is designated as an opportunity site. The council is not a developer but has to ensure sufficient land and opportunities exist for private sector developers to create housing and to enhance the local economy.

'If they sell to a developer, it stinks'

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