§ Mr. Gareth Wardell
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish in the Official Report, for the period 1958 until the most recently available date, a list of the opencast coal sites in Wales that have been the subject of public inquiry, indicating (a) the date that inquiry commenced, (b) the date the inquiry was completed, (c) the date that the inspector reported, (d) whether or not the inspector's recommendations were accepted and (e) what the decision was.
§ Mr. Nicholas Edwards
Information in the form requested by the hon. Gentleman is available from 1962 for NCB sites in respect of which inquiries have been held into applications for authorisation under section 2 of the Opencast Coal Act 1958, and from 1979 in respect of private sites where appeals have been made to the Secretary of State under the provisions of section 36 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971. Earlier records are not available. Information is given in the following table.407W
Table 3 Private opencast coal sites—Planning appeals Inquiries held Site Date commenced Date completed Date inspector reported Whether inspector's recommendations accepted Decision Gelliwarog Farm 19 September 1979 20 September 1979 26 October 1979 Yes Dismissed Pencoedcae Farm, Rhymney 12 September 1979 14 September 1979 15 October 1979 Yes Allowed Clyngwllym Scam 5 December 1979 5 December 1979 9 January 1980 Yes Dismissed Cefn Crib, Hafodyrynys 19 February 1980 20 February 1980 14 May 1980 Yes Dismissed Penyrheol Reservoir, Upper Race, Pontypool 16 November 1980 22 November 1982 *n/a n/a Dismissed Panyganol Farm, Manmoel 12 November 1985 13 November 1985 *n/a n/a Allowed Gelliwarog Farm 3 December 1985 5 December 1985 *n/a n/a Allowed *Appeal transferred to Inspector for decision.