HC Deb 10 February 1959 vol 599 cc975-6
5. Mr. Hannan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received from local authorities and other interested bodies concerning the proposal to build a new town at Finnich Toll, Stirlingshire; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. J. N. Browne

Two local authorities have lodged objections and one has asked that its interest should be noted. In addition, numerous representations have been received from other bodies and private sources. The application for planning permission in principle has been referred to my right hon. Friend to decide. He will not decide this until after a public inquiry. For this purpose he has asked the promoters for a fuller statement of their proposals, and this will be made available to interested parties in advance of the inquiry.

Mr. Hannan

Whilst it will give great satisfaction to those concerned to know that inquiries will take place first, may I ask whether the hon. Gentleman will convey to his right hon. Friend the strong feelings of many people that this proposal means that there will be extremely luxurious houses available only for a selected few and that the proposal will make no contribution towards meeting Scotland's need for houses to rent? Moreover, will the hon. Gentleman bear in mind that this area has been long looked upon as a national park by Glasgow citizens? Since it is also the highway to the Trossachs and the Highlands, will the hon. Gentleman make strong representations about it?

Mr. Browne

My right hon. Friend is aware of these views, but I do not think that I should convey anything to him in advance of the inquiry.