HC Deb 28 July 1959 vol 610 cc45-6W
79. Mr. Sumner

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs why, having on 5th May, 1959, dismissed an appeal of Mr. Martin against a refusal to grant planning permission for a bungalow at Biggin Hill because it was contrary to general policy on the Green Belt, he agreed on 20th May, 1959, to the erection of 48 married quarters at Biggin Hill for Royal Air Force officers, about half of whom will be working at the Air Ministry, despite the objections of the Kent County Council and the Orpington Urban District Council; and why the principle applied to dwellings for private individuals is not applied by him to dwellings for officers at the Air Ministry.

Mr. Bevins

My right hon. Friend raised no objection to the Air Ministry's proposal because it seemed a proper exception to the general restriction on new building in the green belt. I am sending to my hon. Friend a copy of the letter conveying my right hon. Friend's decision to the Kent County Council which gives his reasons in greater detail.