Residential Development

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Environment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4th February 1987.

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Photo of Hon. Nicholas Ridley Hon. Nicholas Ridley , Cirencester and Tewkesbury 12:00 am, 4th February 1987

I do not want to discriminate against the elderly, as I shall be elderly myself in due course. My hon. Friend should not be against the elderly being able to find suitable places in which to live where they want to live. I think my hon. Friend will agree that we do not want councils to engage in social engineering to decide who shall live where; people should decide where they wish to live for themselves. The planning legislation is solely about the merits of certain land uses, not about who should take up those uses. That has always been so and always should be so.