HC Deb 25 March 1969 vol 780 cc1248-9
26. Mr. Wallace

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government how many conservation areas have been designated under the Civic Amenities Act 1967; and how many are at present under consideration.

Mr. Greenwood

By 11th March, 1969, 60 local planning authorities had notified me of the designation of 268 conservation areas in England. I have asked local planinng authorities to let me have by 31st May a statement showing the proposed conservation areas still under consideration and the dates by which it is intended to take a decision on their designation.

I will write to my hon. Friend when this informatoin is available.

Mr. Wallace

Is my right hon. Friend aware that public participation in the selection of these areas is very important indeed? Does he further appreciate that in the enhancement of such areas a voluntary and public effort can do a great deal to preserve and maintain them?

Mr. Greenwood

I very much agree with my hon. Friend, and would like to pay tribute to the work of the City of Norwich in this connection. It is of the utmost importance that local authorities embarking upon a scheme affecting people so intimately should carry the public with them and consult the civic societies and other amenity bodies.