§ 42. Mr. A. Edward Davies
asked the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been directed to a proposal to establish a field-firing range in the Staffs area of Upper Hulme, which is part of the National Park; and whether his investigations in respect of Dovedale will also cover this area.
§ Mr. Shinwell
I am aware of a proposal to establish a training area, including a mortar range, in the district referred to. This proposal, which will not involve the exclusion of the public from any large area, has not yet been considered by the Inter-Departmental Committee on Services Land Requirements.
§ Captain Crookshank
But is it not very odd that anybody should put up such a proposal at all, whether it has been considered or not?
§ 80. Mr. A. Edward Davies
asked the Minister of Town and Country Planning whether he is aware of the proposal to establish a field-firing range at Upper Hulme, which is part of the Peak District National Park and the regular resort of those in search of recreation; and whether he will consult the War Office with a view to avoiding misuse of a beauty spot.
§ The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Town and Country Planning (Mr. King)
My right hon. Friend has been notified by the War Department of their requirement for a training area, including a mortar range, at Upper Hulme. On receipt of the regional reports the case will be' examined by the Inter-Departmental Committee on Services' Land Requirements on which all interested Departments, including the War Department, are represented. The preservation of the recreational value of the area will be amongst the matters which will be considered by the Committee.