Rural Areas (Agricultural Development)

Oral Answers to Questions — Local Government – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st March 1966.

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Photo of Mr Edward Bishop Mr Edward Bishop , Newark 12:00 am, 1st March 1966

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.

Photo of Mr James MacColl Mr James MacColl , Widnes

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.

Photo of Mr Edward Bishop Mr Edward Bishop , Newark

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?

Photo of Mr James MacColl Mr James MacColl , Widnes

My right hon. Friend appreciates that one new and difficult problem is that of the height of silos and grain driers, and he is looking into the point.