§ Sir Geoffrey Finsberg
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment on what dates the public inquiry into the planning aspects of the proposed extension of the Bluebell Railway took place; on what date the inspector delivered his report to him; and when he expects to announce his decision.
§ Mr. Macfarlane
The public inquiry was held between 21 June and 6 July 1983. The inspector considered jointly the planning appeal submitted to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment and also an application for a light railway order made to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport. The inspector's report, which dealt with both matters, was received on 2 November 1983. It is expected that the decision letters relating to both the planning appeal and the light railway order will be dispatched in the near future.