HC Deb 04 February 1981 vol 998 cc288-90
22. Mr. Chapman

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he is satisfied that the existing town and country planning legislation, including the development control system and relevant structure plans, is adequate to protect the countryside generally, and good agricultural land in particular, from the pressure for industrial, commercial and residential development in the vicinity of the M25 London orbital motorway.

Mr. Giles Shaw

Yes, Sir.

Mr. Chapman

I am only partially reassured by that answer. Recognising that there will be unique pressure on land because of this motorway, is my hon. Friend prepared to ask his right hon. Friend to call in any planning application that is contrary to an approved structure plan to which a local planning authority is minded to grant permission?

Mr. Shaw

As my hon. Friend will know, I cannot comment in detail on the plans now being called for in a public inquiry in relation to motorway development.

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