CH&PA urges private developers to “build or lose land”

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The Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) has warned that it will soon repossess lands from those private developers, and house lot beneficiaries, who have breached their agreements, the Government Information Agency (GINA) said earlier today.

This comes as the CH&PA moves to pave the way for the development of more low and middle-income housing solutions for Guyanese.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) Lelon Saul

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CH&PA Lelon Saul said that the authority is set to go after those developers, who acquired vast tracts of lands under the previous administration, but have since failed to develop them.

“We are currently engaging these developers. We are encouraging them to develop those lands, to live up to the agreement of sale, and I should say that in some cases it is likely that we would move to repossess some of those lands,” Saul said at CH&PA’S mid-year press conference on Monday.

He pointed out that many of these private developers still owed CH&PA money and this would make it easier for the authority to repossess the lands. Saul said that authority has commenced the repossession process, “I can tell you that I would have instructed our corporate secretary to initiate actions to repossess lands from private developers who have failed to deliver.”

CH&PA has also forwarded many of the developers’ agreements to the Attorney General’s (AG’s) Chambers for legal consideration before engaging the other defaulters. This was done after a review of the agreements was conducted by CH&PA’s corporate secretary, Hannifah Jordan, according to GINA.

GINA said, the CH&P is also going after those persons, who, in an attempt to defraud the system obtained more than one government house lot. Based on CH&PA’s allocation policy, a person is only entitled to own one property or lot from the government.

CH&PA’s Operation Director, Denise King-Tudor explained once the authority establishes that someone is the owner of more than one government house lot, they will move to repossess one of the lots, in accordance with their repossession policy.

 

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