HC Deb 21 June 1961 vol 642 cc1457-8
24. Mr. Hayman

asked the Minister of Transport why he consented to a garage being erected on Hayle Causeway, with entry from, and exit to, the A.30 trunk road, against the advice of the Cornwall Highways Committee

Mr. Hay

My right hon. Friend has power to direct refusal or restriction of planning permission for developments affecting trunk roads. Our divisional road engineer directed on behalf of my right hon. Friend that it should be a condition of any permission granted for a garage on Hayle Causeway that a garage in the same ownership causing obstruction and danger to traffic on A.30 in Hayle itself should be closed, because there was a balance of advantage in this course. I am unaware that the Cornwall Highways Committee gave any contrary advice.

Mr. Hayman

Will the Parliamentary Secretary look into this matter again, because permission has been given for the garage to be erected in a bird sanctuary, against the advice of the county planning committee as well as the highway authority? Is he aware that there is a good deal of distress about the fact that his Department should have given that authority before consulting the others?

Mr. Hay

I have looked into this case very carefully, in view of the local interest which it has caused. The precise position is that my right hon. Friend's responsibility in this matter extends not to questions of amenity or bird sanctuaries or anything of that kind, but simply to whether a proposed development will have an adverse effect on trunk road traffic. It is only within the context of that situation that our divisional road engineer took this decision.