HC Deb 14 April 1967 vol 744 cc1519-20
Mr. Robert Cooke (Bristol, West)

I beg to move Amendment No. 52, in page 1, line 9, after 'area', to insert or in Scotland district'.

Mr. Speaker

Perhaps it would be convenient to discuss the related Amendment, No. 53, in page 2, line 2, after 'area', to insert 'or in Scotland district'.

Mr. Cooke

The Amendment merely puts the provision of the law in Scotland on the same basis as that in England.

Amendment agreed to.

Mr. John Rankin (Glasgow, Govan)

I beg to move, Amendment No. 1, in page 1, line 10, after 'appearance', to insert 'and in particular the open spaces'. Although the Amendment was approved in Committee, I have been assured by my hon. Friend the Minister of State that it will be more appropriate in the Countryside Bill. Having every confidence in a promise to me on behalf of my Government that it will appear there, I beg leave to withdraw the Amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Mr. Robert Cooke

I beg to move Amendment No. 16, in page 1, line 18, at the end to insert: (3) Before making a determination under this section, a local planning authority in Greater London shall consult with the other local planning authority or authorities for the area to which the proposed determination relates, and a local planning authority outside Greater London shall consult with the council of each county district of which any part is included in that area. I should point out that Amendment No. 17, in page 2, line 24, to leave out from the beginning to the end of line 27, is consequential on No. 16.

The Amendment puts into words the agreement reached in Committee that local planning authorities outside London should be required to consult the lower tier authorities before designating conservation areas under Clause I. We have in this Amendment the provisions for London and the authorities outside. It is a much tidier and more effective way of doing it.

The Amendment makes it the duty of local planning authorities outside London to consult the county district councils concerned, the boroughs and urban and rural district councils. We have not included parish councils because of administrative difficulties which were discussed in Committee. However, I am sure that it is Parliament's intention that these lower tier bodies should be consulted, although it will not appear in the Act.

Amendment agreed to.

Further Amendments made: No. 53, in page 2, line 2, after 'area', insert 'or in Scotland district'.—[Mr. Robert Cooke.]

No. 54, in page 2, line 13, leave out 'Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1947' and insert Local Authorities (Historic Buildings) Act 1962, the Scottish Planning Act'.—[Dr. Dickson Mabon.]

No. 55, in page 2, line 15, leave out first 'and' and insert 'or'—[Dr. Dickson Mabon.]

No. 17, in page 2, line 24, leave out from beginning to end of line 27. [Mr. Robert Cooke.]