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Orchard Street, Cambridge (Inquiry)

Volume 975: debated on Tuesday 11 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what action has been taken to investigate the complaints of the apparent bias of the inspector in the 1975 inquiry into the listed building consent appeal concerning Nos. 7 and 8 Orchard Street, Cambridge; what requests were received from the Cambridge city council concerning the way in which the inspector should allow the appellant's representative to present his case; and if he will make a statement.

Following the closure of the public local inquiry in 1975, the inquiry was reconvened and completed with a different inspector in 1976. No requests were received by the Department from the Cambridge city council such as to influence either inspector's conduct of the inquiry. The Secretary of State's position is set out in the Department's letter of 24 July 1975 to the appellant's agent, a copy of which I am sending to the hon. Member.