HC Deb 21 April 1964 vol 693 c1081
18. Mr. Boyden

asked the Minister of Housing, and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs why the village of Middridge, for which the urban district of Shildon had development plans, is now scheduled for inclusion in the expanded town of Newton Aycliffe.

Sir K. Joseph

Middridge is within the area on which I have invited the comments of the local authorities. It was included because any expansion of the new town would have to be in that direction and, if expansion goes ahead, it seemed right that the planning of the village should be considered in relation to the new town development.

Mr. Boyden

Why does the expansion of Newton Aycliffe have to go in that direction when there are plenty of other areas in which the town could expand without spoiling the development of Shildon? Has the Minister that in mind, because it is very important for the town of Shildon?

Sir K. Joseph

It is in order to consider these things that I am at present in consultation with the local authorities.