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Land Use (Dorset)

Volume 884: debated on Thursday 23 January 1975

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many acres of agricultural land within the county of Dorset have been diverted to other purposes during the last five years; to what extent his Department has been consulted on this issue; and if he will make a statement.

Approximately 6,000 acres excluding common rough grazings.In general, consultations take place between local planning authorities and my Department over proposals to develop 10 or more acres of agricultural land.