HC Deb 05 July 1971 vol 820 cc274-5W
109. Mr. Meacher

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will amend the Town and Country Planning General Development Order, 1963, so that oil storage tanks are permitted development only if less than five feet in height n order that local planning authorities nay have power to control the erection of tanks which may prove detrimental to the amenities of adjoining houses.

Mr. Michael Heseltine

The permission given in the General Development Order for development within the curtilage of dwellinghouse does not extend to tanks sited in the open. A general control over such tanks is, however, too far-reaching and my right hon. Friend is considering in the current review of the Order what exemption could be given for tanks whose size and siting would not give rise to difficulty.