HC Deb 13 July 1977 vol 935 c163W
Mr. Arthur Jones

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many acres of land within the designated area of Northampton are still in agricultural use; if acquisition of this land in whole or part by the Northampton Development Corporation is proceeding; and what changes in policy in respect of agricultural land flowed from his recent announcement about the future of this expanding town.

Mr. Guy Barnett

Some 5,000 acres is still in agricultural use, of which about 2,700 acres has been acquired by the Northampton Development Corporation. It is in the process of acquiring a further area of just over 100 acres, by agreement, in connection with a road scheme. Questions of land use policy will be considered in the light of the final decisions on the plans for the future of the new town.