HC Deb 31 July 1956 vol 557 c108W
65. Mr. A. J. Irvine

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government why he did not hold an inquiry before the erection of the Abbey Bookstall was approved in view of its important effect upon the western approach to Westminster Abbey.

Mr. Sandys

The proposal of the Abbey authorities to convert part of the Chapter Office into a bookstall was approved by the London County Council, as the local planning authority. My predecessor did not think it necessary to call in the planning application for decision by himself. Only if he had done so would he have had power to hold an inquiry.

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