To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to his answer of 20 November 1987, Official Report, column 684, why he has now decided to instigate an independent public inquiry into the proposed development by Chelsea football club at Stamford Bridge; and if he will make a statement.
The planning application for this site was notified to my right hon. Friend on 8 January as a departure from the Greater London Development Plan. My right hon. Friend accordingly considered the proposals afresh, in the light of the papers sent by Hammersmith and Fulham council and the further representations he had received. He concluded that the application should be called in for his decision. Arrangements are being made for a public local inquiry to be held as soon as possible.