Local Authority Building Contracts

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

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Photo of Mrs Renée Short Mrs Renée Short , Wolverhampton North East 12:00 am, 24th November 1964

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government, in view of the delays which occur in obtaining planning permission for local authority building contracts, if he will take steps to review the machinery that exists for this purpose.

Photo of Mr James MacColl Mr James MacColl , Widnes

My right hon. Friend is anxious to avoid all unnecessary delays. If my hon. Friend has any specific case in mind and will give me the details I shall be happy to investigate it.

Photo of Mrs Renée Short Mrs Renée Short , Wolverhampton North East

Does my right hon. Friend understand that serious frustration occurs with local authorities when their planning permissions are held up sometimes for months and occasionally for years? Will he undertake to have discussions with the local authority associations to see whether the obsolete planning machinery can be streamlined in order to step up the output of housing?

Photo of Mr James MacColl Mr James MacColl , Widnes

My right hon. Friend is most anxious to speed up the giving of planning approvals and dealing with these cases, but it would greatly assist him in working out the best way of doing it if right hon. and hon. Members helped by giving particular cases in which the present machinery is breaking down.