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Volume 894: debated on Friday 27 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what procedures have to be completed before a new town can extend its boundaries; and what plans the Skelmersdale New Town Corporation has to extend its boundaries to take in the area around Kings Moss.

The statutory procedure is the same as that for designation of a new town as set out in Section 1 of and Schedule 1 to the New Towns Act 1965. Section 1 in particular requires the Secretary of State to consult the local authorities concerned before making an order.Such consultations are currently taking place on a proposal made by Skelmersdale Development Corporation to extend its boundaries in order to meet the originally planned population and employment targets. One of the proposed extension areas lies about half a mile to the north of Kings Moss.