HC Deb 06 March 1969 vol 779 cc178-80W
Mr. Alfred Morris

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government how many appeals against decisions by local authorities to refuse planning permission for amusement arcades have been considered in each of the last five years; how many appeals are now under consideration and against which local planning authorities; and on what principles he deals with such appeals.

Mr. K. Robinson

Information over a period of five years could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. The total number of appeals concerning amusement arcades decided during 1968 was 29. In 1969 10 have so far been decided, and a further 85 in the areas of the following local planning authorities are under consideration.

Each appeal is decided solely on its planning merits.

County Councils
Devon 1
Durham 1
Hampshire 3
Isle of Wight 1
Kent 2
Lancashire 8
Leicestershire 1
Norfolk 2
Northumberland 2
Nottinghamshire 1
Somerset 1
Westmorland 1
East Riding 1
West Riding 1
County Borough Councils
Barnsley 1
Birmingham 4
Blackpool 3
Bradford 1
Brighton 1
Bristol 1
Exeter 1
Grimsby 1
Hartlepool 1
Kingston upon Hull 1
Leeds 1
Liverpool 6
Newcastle upon Tyne 4
Nottingham 1
Reading 1
Rotherham 1
Sheffield 2
Southport 1
Sunderland 6
Tees-side 2
Tynemouth 1
London Borough Councils
Brent 1
Camden 3
City of London 1
Hammersmith 1
Hounslow 1
Islington 1
Kensington and Chelsea 1
Lambeth 2
Lewisham 1
Newham 1
Waltham Forest 1
Wandsworth 1
Westminster 3
Total, all authorities 85

Mr. Alfred Morris

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he will give consideration to taking steps to placing amusement arcades in a new and separate use class, so as to make it necessary for a planning application to be submitted whenever it is proposed to change the use of any premises to use as an amusement arcade; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. K. Robinson

I am considering representations to this effect in my current review of the Order, and will consult the local authority associations and other interested bodies.