§ Mr. Gough
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs what steps he is taking to protect the rural amenities of Harting, in connection with the proposed new housing scheme in that area; and if he will refuse planning permission for multi-story flats in this part of Sussex.
§ Mr. Corfield
I understand that an application for planning permission to erect two blocks of three storey flats in Harting has been made by the Mid-hurst Rural District Council to the West Sussex County Council as local planning authority. Consideration of the application has been deferred pending further negotiations between the two councils. The county council is primarily responsibe for planning control in the area and it will be for it to take into account the effect of the development on local amenities before reaching a decision.