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Planning Inquiries (Environmental Evaluations)

Volume 958: debated on Monday 20 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will give full details of how the recommendations of the Thirlwall-Catlow report on environmental evaluations can be used in major planning inquiries such as for coal mining in the Vale of Belvoir in North East Leicestershire.

I envisage that, for any particular case, the considerations to be examined, and the method of examination, should be tailored to the issues identified for that case. At Belvoir I hope that, if necessary, the important environmental considerations that have already been the subject of a joint study by the county council and the NCB will be further developed for presentation at the inquiry, perhaps under guidance from the pre-inquiry meeting.