Lagos orders suspension of construction in Palmgrove Estate
The Lagos State government has ordered the immediate suspension of all building construction works in Palmgrove Estate pending the resolution of complaints emanating from the recent review of the approval order of the estate.
The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, gave the order during a meeting with stakeholders of the estate in Lagos.
The commissioner disclosed that the review of the Approval Order, which was at the instance of members of the estate, was concluded last December.
He explained that the review was necessary to accommodate growth and development in the estate, which had maintained its low-density features since the early 1950s.
The commissioner lamented activities of some developers who took advantage of the unfolding review to indiscriminately increase density in the estate.
On his part, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Lands and Physical Planning, Dr. Olajide Babatunde, charged property owners in Palmgrove Estate to embrace the review, saying it was imperative for the development of the estate. He stated that it was an unavoidable response to the dynamics of societal growth.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Abiola Kosegbe, said the government would take a critical look at all claims and resolve issues in the interest of the stakeholders.