HC Deb 20 April 1972 vol 835 cc151-3W
Mr. Dalyell

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when he granted planning permission for the building of a school on the Baynard's Castle site; and what weight was attached to archæological or historical considerations.

Mr. Eyre

The circumstances surrounding each of the schemes were carefully considered before permission was given for the use of direct labour without competition. In all cases the basic reason was to allow the authority concerned time to adjust its policies and the size of its direct labour organisation to the guide lines laid down for it. Material considerations in each case were, for instance, the efficiency of the particular direct labour organisation, local unemployment, the probable cost of redundancy payments to displaced direct labour and the urgency of, and need for, the scheme in question.

Mr. Tebbit

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will list the local authorities which have received loan sanction to build new houses by direct labour so far this year, naming the scheme in each case, indicating the value of the work involved and the number of houses for each scheme, and in total.

Mr. Eyre

Following is the information available to the Department as at 13th April, 1972

Name of Scheme Gross tender price(£)
Gloucester Road Estate *
Lingey Lane/Lean Lane Estate 43,742
Church Street, Sacriston 35,514
Queen Street/East Street Shotton Colliery. 14,845
Horndale 2/3 Phase II 830,144
Derry Street Phase II 221,925
Elland Street Redevelopment 793,015
Hawksley Street Redevelopment 18,316
Weedon Avenue 21,896
Nowton Neighbourhood *
Greenstead Estate Stage VIII 329,900
Windhill Crag Redevelopment 82,770
Aston Close *
Broadfields *
Bradeley Farm, Smallthorne 138,038
Howdles Lane *
2,530,105(11 schemes,652 dwellings)

Mr. Amery

The City Corporation did not consider that the proposed school involved a substantial departure from the provisions of the development plan, and was therefore free to secure planning permission by means of a resolution passed, under Regulation 11(1) of the Town and Country Planning General Regulations. 1969, on 16th December, 1971. It was for the Corporation to take account of any archæological and historical considerations which seemed to it material under Section 29(1) of the Town and Country Planning Act, 1971.

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