The Lagos State Government has suspended development of housing estates without the requisite Layout Approval, in the area designated as Sapata Village Excision, near the Victoria Garden City (VGC), Lekki, Lagos State.
The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako made this known in Alausa while receiving a situation report of the area in his office.
He noted that in a bid to take advantage of the Regional road project, Developers had embarked on rapid indiscriminate development of estates in contravention of the state’ planning laws.
His words: ” I have said repeatedly that we must halt the ugly situation in which planning had to chase development as against the opposite.
“As a result, developments around this corridor must be controlled to prevent another slum from springing up in the state as any unplanned development in the area will ultimately negate the expected benefits of the Regional road.”
Salako disclosed that Estates within Sapata Village Excision, to the right of Harries Drive, from VGC junction down to the lagoon must, as a matter of urgency, come forward with their approvals, including Layout, Planning Permit and Stage Certificates or make immediate recourse to the appropriate Government Agencies for same; otherwise, no further development would be allowed in such estates.
He added that all hands must be on deck towards achieving an orderly, organised, livable and sustainable physical environment as envisioned by the development agenda of Lagos State.
The Commissioner reiterated that prospective landed property buyers and off-takers should be wary of Estates or properties without approvals in order not to jeopardise their investment.
“It is important that prospective landed property buyers and off-takers demand for the necessary Layout Approvals, Planning Permit and evidence of Stage Certification for the concerned property before committing their hard-earned resources,” he emphasised.