HC Deb 09 February 1960 vol 617 cc15-6W
30. Sir H. Lucas-Tooth

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs what is the reason for the distinction made in the Town and Country Planning General Development Order, 1950, between railways and other statutory undertakers with regard to the height of developments permitted to them; and whether he will amend the Order so as to prevent the British Transport Commission from building structures 150 feet high in residential areas without going through the machinery necessary to obtain planning permission.

Sir K. Joseph

The distinction enables the British Transport Commission to erect certain minor but essential kinds of development such as signal gantries. My right hon. Friend has recently received an undertaking from the Commission that it will consult local planning authorities before embarking on development which would adversely affect local amenities.