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Agricultural Land (Building)

Volume 981: debated on Tuesday 18 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment why he is changing structure plans to allow building on agricultural land which is designated green belt.

The approved green belt has generally been confirmed and extended but not all proposals for green belt extension have been approved in their entirety because of the case for providing varying amounts of development. The structure plan is used, wherever practice- amount of (a) derelict or despoiled land and (b) reclaimed land in (i) West Lancashire, (ii) Knowsley, (iii) St. Helens and (iv) Sefton; if he is satisfied with the rate of progress of reclamation in these areas; and what further steps he intends to take to improve progress.

The information is set out below.I should like to see much greater reclamation activity in these areas. The initiative in bringing schemes forward rests with the local authorities themselves. 100 per cent. derelict land grants continue to be available for approved, to steer such development away from the best quality agricultural land and to conserve land for agriculture.