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Gypsy Caravan Sites

Volume 983: debated on Thursday 24 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will now consider meeting a deputation from the Carlisle district council, along with the hon. Member for Carlisle, to discuss the question of gypsy sites.

I have notified Carlisle district council and Cumbria county council that I require planning applications to be made to me in respect of its proposals to establish a gypsy caravan site at Hadrian's Camp, Carlisle and Engine Lonning, Carlisle respectively.The applications will be the subject of a joint inquiry. In the circumstances, it would not be appropriate for me to discuss the matter with a deputation from Carlisle district council and the hon. Member for Carlisle in advance of the public inquiry.