asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he is aware of the concern of many who live in rural areas and whose interests are adversely affected by agricultural development possible under existing planning legislation; and if he will review such legislation with a view to protecting the rights of those thus affected.
My right hon. Friend is aware of the concern felt about the erection of conspicuous agricultural buildings, and he is reviewing, in consultation with his right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the provisions which enable some farm buildings to be erected without the need to apply to the local planning authority for permission.
Is my hon. Friend aware that in Nottinghamshire and other county areas grain stores and other large developments can take place agriculturally, much to the objection of other local residents and outside present planning controls, and will he act as soon as possible after his return following the General Election?