HC Deb 28 July 1958 vol 592 cc86-7W
64. Mr. Wingfield Digby

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs if he is aware that 100 acres of good agricultural land at Fordington, Dorchester, Dorset, is to be taken from the provision of accommodation for atomic energy staff from Winfrith Heath, despite the assurance given on behalf of the authority at the public inquiry that no substantial area of good land would be taken directly or indirectly; and why he is supporting the acquisition of this land which is in disregard of the undertaking.

Mr. H. Brooke

At present only 60 acres are to be taken, and this area lies inside the line of the proposed Dorchester by-pass as approvevd in the County Development Plan. I am satisfied that there was no satisfactory alternative, and that the local planning authority has not overlooked the need to conserve good agricultural land so far as possible.