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Albert Square, Manchester (Planning Proposals)

Volume 975: debated on Wednesday 5 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if, in view of the opposition of the Royal Fine Arts Commission and the considerable public opposition to the proposals as first submitted, he will call in planning application No. F11681 submitted by the Royal Liver Friendly Society in respect of a site in the Albert Square conservation area, Manchester.

I am arranging for a holding letter to be issued to Manchester city council directing it not to grant permission on this planning application until it hears from my Department.This will enable me to consider repretations made by various bodies, including the Royal Fine Arts Commission, before deciding whether or not we should call in the application for my determination.