HC Deb 07 May 1973 vol 856 c14
13. Mr. Ellis

asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many appeals were heard in Wales in each of the last three years against the attaching to planning consents of conditions relating to mining subsidence.

Mr. Gibson-Watt

This information could not be provided without disproportionate effort.

Mr. Ellis

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that what appears to be a new situation has arisen in my constituency? For example, in the village of Rhos-llanerchrugog a large area in the centre has been cleared by the local authority housing department for the purpose of private redevelopment but apparently no building can take place without substantial expenditure on borings to prove centuries-old mining works, which means in practice that no building in future will be able to take place in the village. Will the Minister consult the National Coal Board and Wrexham Rural District Council to find a solution to what appears to me to be a purely legalistic problem?

Mr. Gibson-Watt

I will do so. Perhaps the hon. Gentleman will write to me hi detail about the problem, and I shall look into it.

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