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Land Use

Volume 113: debated on Wednesday 1 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what proportion of land currently designated for agricultural use he estimates will change to other uses besides forestry as a result of the proposals contained in the draft circular on alternative land use.

In England and Wales in the period 1980–85 fewer than 5,000 hectares of farmland a year were transferred to urban uses, compared with 15,000–17,000 hectares a year in the period 1945–1975. I do not expect any significant change in the recent rate as a result of the adjustment of planning policy proposed in the draft circular.