HC Deb 15 November 1960 vol 630 cc27-8W
70. Lieut.-Colonel Bromley-Davenport

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs how many plans for the provision of green belts he has received from local authorities; how long such plans have been under consideration; and when he expects to make a decision in respect of all or some of them.

Mr. Brooke

The London green belt is already shown in the approved development plans of the counties concerned. Proposals for extending the London green belt and for establishing green belts elsewhere are usually submitted in two stages; first, a sketch plan showing broadly the area to be covered, and, second, a proposal to include in the development plan the precise boundaries of the belt.

Sixty-eight sketch plans have been received, five for extension of the London green belt and the remainder for 31 other green belts; and decisions have been given on all but five, of which four are for one reason or another in suspense and the fifth, submitted in August, 1960, is under consideration. I have before me 13 proposals for including green belts in development plans. These have been submitted at various dates from 1958 onwards, and I will reach decisions on all of them as soon as I can. In the meantime, during the preliminary stages before a green belt is incorporated in the development plan, the local planning authorities concerned have been asked to apply provisionally the development control policy appropriate to a green belt.