HC Deb 03 May 1934 vol 289 cc461-2

asked the Minister of Transport if he has taken into consideration the effect of ribbon development on arterial roads as a cause of road accidents, and the fact that such development, if allowed to continue, will defeat the object for which these roads have been constructed at great cost; and what, action is proposed to meet the difficulty?

Lieut.-Colonel HEADLAM

I am aware of the unfortunate results of "ribbon development" along certain roads. The recent Town and Country Planning Act has given the authorities further powers designed to prevent objectionable forms of "ribbon development," and it is hoped that full use will be made of these powers. In a circular issued to all local authorities in February last, my hon. Friend repeated certain previous recommendations as to the construction of parallel "service-roads" along arterial routes, with a view to promoting the safety and convenience of traffic.


Is my hon. and gallant Friend aware that the operation of the Town and Country Planning Act is not bringing about the results which he thinks desirable, and that some further measures will have to be taken in order to check this ribbon development in relation to transport?


Has my hon. and gallant Friend's attention been drawn to the action of the Hertfordshire County Council in deliberately selling building sites along their new arterial roads?

Lieut.-Colonel HEADLAM

My hon Friend himself brought it to my attention this morning.

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