I again attended questions to the Ministry of Justice to raise concerns over plans to build a prison on the Baglan Industrial Estate. On this occasion I asked him about the covenant on the land that states it should not be used ‘other than as an industrial park’ and calling on him to admit that this is the final nail in the coffin for his plans to build a prison in Baglan.
Stephen Kinnock: The Minister will now be aware that there is a covenant on the land on the Baglan Industrial Park in my Aberavon constituency where he wishes to build a prison. The covenant states that the land should not be used ‘other than as an industrial park’, and should not be used for ‘any offensive, noise or dangerous trade business manufacture or occupation or for any purpose or in any manner which may be a nuisance to the Agency or the occupiers of neighbouring or adjacent premises.’
Would the Minister now agree with me that the covenant is the final nail in the coffin of the Ministry’s plans to build a prison on the Baglan Industrial Park?
Sam Gyimah: The Hon. Member is incredibly persistent and tenacious in fighting for his constituents. Of course, before moving ahead with any building project we will do all the necessary legal searches and local authority searches, and if those were to turn up any objections to it then we would take those into account accordingly.