HC Deb 25 January 1945 vol 407 c968
61. Sir A. Knox

asked the Minister of Town and Country Planning if he has now had time to examine the proposal to permit the industrial development of Chalfont Park, in Buckinghamshire; and in view of the fact that this park is much valued as a playground by the inhabitants of Gerrard's Cross, if he is now prepared to veto the proposal in the public interest.

The Minister of Town and Country Planning (Mr. W. S. Morrison)

I have examined the proposal to which my hon. and gallant Friend refers. It should not, I think, be described as the industrial development of Chalfont Park. I have not yet completed my consideration of the matter, but hope to write to my hon. and gallant Friend shortly.

Sir A. Knox

Will my right hon. Friend take into consideration the fact that there is very keen feeling on this subject in my constituency?

Mr. Morrison

I am aware of that and I am trying to do the best I can for all concerned.

Mr. Bossom

Can my right hon. Friend tell the House if he has all the information on this point and, if he has, can it be exhibited in the tea room?

Mr. Morrison

There is some more information that I want and I am waiting for it.

Mr. Robertson

Will the Minister bear in mind that this matter has been before his Department for three months, that the people most concerned in Gerrard's Cross and Chalfont St. Peter have petitioned strongly against it; that the Buckinghamshire County Council and other interested local authorities have not been consulted on the question of saving this centuries old beauty spot; and that the taking of it away from the people is an outrage against the public interest?

Mr. Morrison

There are many factors in the situation and I am inquiring into the position.