Perth farmer seeks review on war-seized land

09 March 1998

Perth farmer seeks review on war-seized land

PERTHSHIRE farmer Donald Robertson has returned to the sheriff court in a bid to force the Scottish Office to reassess the value of land taken from his family by government during WWII.

The land was taken from the family farm, Oudenarde Farm, near Bridge of Earn, in 1939 and used to build Bridge of Earn Hospital for war casualties.

Robertson succeeded in a court action four years ago to establish his right
to buy the land back when Perth Sheriff Court ruled the Scottish Office
should sell the land back at the district valuers price.

But Robertson has returned to the court because he says the £400,000 valuation, arrived at in 1993, is no longer acceptable and he is seeking a figure of £1.5m. This takes account of clearing the dilapidated hospital buildings and recent tax changes.

At time when the Scottish Office requisitioned the 24.28ha (60 acres), Robertsons grandfather was given an annual fee and promised the land would
be returned when the hospital was no longer needed.

  • The Scotsman 09/03/98 page 6

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