Birmingham (Green Belt)

Oral Answers to Questions — Local Government – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th November 1964.

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Photo of Mr James Dance Mr James Dance , Bromsgrove 12:00 am, 24th November 1964

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government when he expects to announce his decision on the green belt round Birmingham.

Photo of Mr Richard Crossman Mr Richard Crossman , Coventry East

This must wait until the current West Midland's regional study has been completed.

Photo of Mr James Dance Mr James Dance , Bromsgrove

Does the right hon. Gentleman realise that, pending a decision, there is a complete freezing of land for infilling in that part of the country? Until a decision is made, most local councils are loath to give planning permission for infilling, which means that many homes which could be built are not being built.

Photo of Mr Richard Crossman Mr Richard Crossman , Coventry East

I realise the consequences here but I have looked into the matter and I am quite satisfied with the present arrangements whereby planning authorities are using their powers in the green belt. I do not wish to disturb the position. We shall simply have to wait until the study is completed. I am making sure that it is got on with as quickly as possible.