Land (Development)

Oral Answers to Questions — Land and Natural Resources – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1 November 1965.

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Photo of Mr Alexander Hendry Mr Alexander Hendry , Aberdeenshire West 12:00, 1 November 1965

asked the Minister of Land and Natural Resources what criteria will be employed for deciding if an area of land is suitable for development, and when the time is opportune; and by what body or bodies the decision will be made.

Photo of Mr Arthur Skeffington Mr Arthur Skeffington , Hayes and Harlington

Local planning authorities or the Ministers responsible for town and country planning will decide whether land is suitable for development on the same criteria as they do at present.

Photo of Mr Alexander Hendry Mr Alexander Hendry , Aberdeenshire West

I find that very difficult to understand. Will the Minister please try to reconcile that with paragraph 17 of the White Paper by which apparently land is to be acquired in anticipation of requirements? What sort of procedure is to be adopted for that? Is the White Paper actually a mask for wholesale nationalisation of land?

Photo of Mr Arthur Skeffington Mr Arthur Skeffington , Hayes and Harlington

Perhaps without impertinence I may ask the hon. Member to reread paragraph 17 of the White Paper. There is nothing there which suggests that the normal procedure for deciding planning permission and bringing forward plans for development is changed. The position is as it was.