HC Deb 27 March 1929 vol 226 c2424

asked the Minister of Transport whether his attention has been drawn to an application which has been made for compulsory powers to place an overhead high-tension electric cable across some land on the top of the Downs at Whipsnade, near Dunstable, which has been given to the National Trust as a place from which extensive views both to the north and south can be obtained; and will he give careful consideration to the proposal, and any possible alternative routes, before authorising a line across the property which must materially affect the purpose for which the land was given?

Colonel ASHLEY

I have received an application from the Corporation of Luton under Section 22 of the Electricity (Supply) Act, 1919, for wayleaves in respect of an overhead line to which the county council and the local authorities concerned have given their consent. I have ordered an Inquiry to be held on the 8th April, at which the objections of the National Trust and other owners of property to wayleaves across their land will be considered.