HC Deb 02 April 1963 vol 675 cc212-3
4. Mr. Farr

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs if he is satisfied that Article 7 of the Town and Country Planning General Development Order, 1959, lists all the necessary classes of development for prior advertisement; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Corfield

I think so. Moreover, quite apart from the statutory requirements, local planning authorities have been asked in Circular 21 of 1961 to review their arrangements for publicity for planning applications.

Mr. Farr

Is my hon. Friend aware that as Article 7 now stands it is quite possible for a local planning authority to authorise the erection of premises for heavy industry in a housing estate, adjacent to private houses, without the owners of those houses being aware that such an application is being considered? Surely that is not right?

Mr. Corfield

I do not think this is a matter for Article 7. As my hon. Friend is aware, where the development is in conformity with the development plan publicity is already given and, where it is not, there is a procedure whereby if amenity is affected the matter is brought to the attention of my right hon. Friend.