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Gravel Pits (Land Restoration)

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 26 February 1952

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asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what steps he is taking to require full and proper restoration of agricultural land used for sand and gravel pit working.

Planning authorities can insist on restoration when giving permission for pits to be worked, but this is as a rule considered reasonable only if suitable filling material is available. General guidance on restoration was included in the Memorandum on the Control of Mineral Working published a year ago, but the special problems of gravel pits are being examined by the Advisory Committee on Sand and Gravel.

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind the extent of urban depredation of good agricultural land which is at present taking place, aggravated by this problem? Will my right hon. Friend take special powers or at least examine the problem further?

In view of the great success of the restoration of land worked for opencast coal—

and the very much greater area devastated by working for gravel and sand, will the right hon. Gentleman really give the subject his attention and get something done?